Brady Vest established Hammerpress in 1994 after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. At the time, the shop consisted of one old press and a cabinet of type. Hammerpress quickly earned recognition by creating distinctive record covers and show posters for independent bands and printing letterpress jobs for local design firms.
20 years later, Hammerpress has grown to a small team that strives to create and produce letterpress products and continue the craft of letterpress printing. Now one of the most widely known letterpress studios in the the United States, Hammerpress has garnered much attention for their distinct approach to typography and design. They design and print signature letterpress cards and prints and offer custom letterpress printing and design services, which can include business cards, identity development, personal stationery, wedding suites and event invitations.
Hammerpress specializes in letterpress printing using metal or wood type that is inked and pressed against paper. It is a relief printing technique that produces an impression in the paper making it distinctively different from offset printing. Originally, letterpress was limited to the type and ornament that a print shop had "on file" (big, heavy type cabinets), however, now they are able to design for letterpress digitally and have plates made of the final design for print.