Browse Inside DA 79 … in Pictures!

I totally get it. Sometimes you just want a little preview of the goods before you commit. So, here are a few pictures of the very gorgeous, very available DA 79. Inside you’ll find a look at Oscar Cahén’s vulgar modernism, a chat with typographer Rod McDonald, and much more.

DA 79 cover

Outstanding cover.

DA 79 keepsake

Super cool keepsake.

Cahen's vulgar modernism spread

On Oscar Cahén’s vulgar modernism.

Barbarian Press spread

On Barbarian Press and the Making of The Play of Pericles Prince of Tyre.

DA 79 collection

OK, now don’t you want to add it to your collection?


portraitThanks for checking out this little photo collage featuring DA 79. For more information about the issue, please visit our Latest Issue page.

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DA 79 Makes Its Debut

We’re exceedingly happy to announce that the most recent issue of the Devil’s Artisan, Number 79, is now available, and it’s a beaut.


Inside you’ll read Jaleen Grove’s exploration of the work of illustrator Oscar Cahén, whose avant-garde works were intended to stimulate fascination–and even horror!–and ended up affecting the aesthetic of Canadian design in the 1940s and 50s. You’ll also find an illuminating chat with Rod McDonald on the development of his font family Classic Grotesque. Plus, we’ve got pieces about the Howard Iron Works and the Barbarian Press.

There is definitely a lot to learn–and a lot to love.

Single issue orders can be placed here.

If you have a yearly subscription, rest assured that your copy will be on its way early in the new year.

portraitHope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful holiday from all of us from the Porcupine’s Quill and the Devil’s Artisan.


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A Peek at the Talent Incubating at OCADU

Here at the Devil’s Artisan, we always appreciate a few sterling examples of printmaking, so after touring the OCADU printmaking department during the annual Book Arts Fair on December 10, we knew we had to share some photographs of the fantastic artwork adorning the walls. Thanks as always to Don McLeod for his photography skills.



portraitBeautiful aren’t they? I can’t get over how talented these students are. Even their works in progress are beautiful and exciting. Well done OCAD students!sig

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We Have a Winner!


We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan, DA78, has received a Canadian Regional Design Award.

The “Redgee” Awards honours the best in Canadian design. Administered by Designedge Canada, the awards shed light on the brilliant work being done by professional creative communities across the country.


DA 78: Heading to Palookaville took the prize for Ontario in the Editorial category. In addition to the high production values and classic design that you’ll find in all DA issues, this particular issue is packed with images of the work of Canadian graphic novelist Seth. From the handsome cover to the keepsake to the little illustrations hanging out in the margins, it is definitely a visual feast.

You can learn more about the Redgee Awards here, and check out the 2016 winners here.

Of course, DA 78 is available for purchase, in print and digital formats, here.


portraitWe couldn’t help but humbly brag about this accomplishment. It’s definitely nice when the thought and care that goes into each issue is noticed by the design community as well as our die hard fans!


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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.