Impression: Dafi Kühne

The second designer we were given to look at was Dafi Kühne. We were given him to look at as we are also looking at letterpress over the next two weeks and his work beautifully combines analog and digital techniques.

Dafi Kuhne is a graphic designer and letterpress printmaker from Switzerland. Since 2009 he has been working full-time in his studio called babyinktwice where he has designing and printing posters, invitation cards, brochures and magazines for music, art, architecture, theater and film projects. Since 2011 he has also been teaching everything from short workshops to full semesters in various universities in Europe and the United States.

He pairs contemporary devices—a MacBook, a laser cutter—with old-school design and production tools, such as a waxing machine, a letterpress, and a photopolymer processor. Kühne is interested in technology like precision routers and laser cutters, which he says has never been fully explored for letterpress printing.

I find the way he works from analog to digital is very interesting. I’ve watched him creating posters with just the press that I’ve thought that the outcome looked just as better then creating it from a computer.


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