Stack at home: Double Dagger, October 2017

by Grace Wang in November 2017
Art & designUpdate

October’s Stack delivery was a testament to the beauty of analogue creativity. Made entirely by hand, Double Dagger is a 16pp newspaper printed by a 1970s letterpress using hot metal type. They even design their layouts by hand, cutting and pasting them in galley proofs — you can learn more about their process in our guide to letterpress printing by the editors.

Issue two of the magazine was definitely one of the most photogenic titles we’ve sent out, with its big spreads, joyful colours and clean-cut graphics. We’ve pinned a bunch of our subscribers’ photos on a Pinterest board, and below are some of our favourites, including the best response we received which gets a Stack t-shirt…

6. Monthly inspiration
Double Dagger provides design brain juice for one Marseille-based studio.

{ I N S P I R A T I O N ~ Une nouvelle revue design vient d’arriver chez BCM ! } Merci @doubledaggerz & @stackmagazines pour cette découverte ! . . . #editorialdesign #inspiration #print #vintageprint #colorful #privatedesigner #studiodesign #graphicdesign #passion #amazingjob #motivation #edition #goodreads #bureauchapeaumelon #team #orange #yellow #blue #creativeprocess

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5. First time subscriber
Simon shows off the pretty colours and laser-cut crispness inside his first delivery from Stack.

4. Neighbours!
A nice surprise for Charli, who found out that the Double Dagger printing press is just down the road from her house. She even tried out an extremely enviable beginners’ letterpress workshop with the editors.

Wonderful surprise to receive this month's @stackmagazines delivery and find that it's been printed just down the road by the brilliant @patrandle and Nick Loaring at Whittington Press! Absolutely fantastic job, beautiful printing and artwork and a pleasure to read through (and if anyone fancies trying letterpress themselves, I can testify that Pat does a wonderful workshop for beginners and experts alike!! Go check out the Nomad Letterpress website… I've just remembered there's a photo of me on the workshop page too!) #letterpress #local #hotmetal #printing #heidelberg #type #tactile #lovelettertoprint #magazinesubscription #doubledagger #graphicdesign #printdesign #cheltenham #cotswolds #letterpressworkshop

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3. Stanley Donwood’s burning London
There have been quite a few shout outs to the illustrator’s centrefold print, and for good reason — his portrayal of London is quite fitting for the year we’ve had.

2. “Real doozie”
Click through Luke’s lovely photos of the magazine to see what he means.

This months @stackmagazines is a real doozie — Issue 2 of Double Dagger by @doubledaggerz @patrandle @theprintproject 👌🏼👌🏼

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1. That face
And here’s this month’s winner! How can you say no to that puppy face? A money-can’t buy Stack t-shirt is on its way…

Look at that face!

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