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Review of DA 62 & 63 in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, Spring 2010

Graphic design historian Brian Donnelly describes the state of design history in Canada as ‘dispossessed because it has not been formally established or preserved through time.’ By way of redress DA (The Devil’s Artisan): A Journal of the Printing Arts … Continue reading

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The Power of Design

‘Sir. I am new to DA, so I do not know if you publish comments. Nevertheless … One sentence in DA 63 calls for comment. Brian Donnelly wrote, about the Hudson’s Bay company redesign, ‘Indeed, the power of design might … Continue reading

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From Helsinki

Hi, I am making a web page for an amateur baroque band that I play in. The page will contain some information in Finnish language about the band and baroque music, nothing commercial. Would it be possible for me to … Continue reading

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The Old Mill

Hi Tim, So, I’m having a solitary late lunch in the bar at The Old Mill in Toronto, after beating the drum for Ryerson at the Mags U trade fair, and what do I see on a credenza near the … Continue reading

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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.