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  • Taking the lead
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    Taking the lead

    We (Jim and Josie) trained in graphic design in the 80’s and were fortunate to be taught the skill of typesetting using lead type. The other traditional skills we learned including hand lettering, font design, colour separation and camera ready artwork have all proved their worth even in the days of computer aided design and print. Returning to our roots, we are delighted to now have a 1950’s Adana letterpress and some beautiful lead type so we are looking forward to doing some ‘artisan’ printing alongside our regular work.


    Check your stocks

    The start of the year is a traditional time for planning ahead and making decisions about marketing, keeping in touch with your clients and networking. Now is a good time to check the level of your stocks of letterheads, business cards and all the other stationery you will need to put those plans into action. We are not suggesting you have your stock re-printed using letterpress techniques (honestly, we wouldn’t have the strength!) as we have digital backups of artwork for design or print work we have done in the past few years and can quickly make any necessary changes, such as new mobile ‘phone numbers. All you need to do is just drop us a line if you want to place an order.


    Did you know that many of the words and terms used in print today originate from letterpress printing?

    From the creation of the first metal type printing press in the mid-15th century, letterpress was the primary form of mass produced print of the written word until the 20th century saw the invention of offset printing. Johannes Gutenburg made type from an alloy of lead, tin and antimony, a durable moveable type suited for high quality printing on the letterpress – the inked type was literally pressed onto paper.

    IMG_4723Uppercase and lowercase

    The ‘lead’ type was stored in cases, with box compartments for each character, number, ligature and punctuation mark. The cases containing the majuscule or CAPITAL letters were stored above the cases containing the minuscule or lowercase letters. Now most typing programmes give you the option to ‘change case’.


    This is gradually dropping out of use on desktop programmes but in all print it is the term for the line spacing between rows of text. When setting lead type you place a strip of lead of a particular point size between each line of text – the leading.

    Mind your p’s and q’s

    Lead type is reversed so that the imprint bearing the ink views the correct way round. When setting the type it is very easy to confuse p’s with q’s, especially if the last typesetter was less than careful about returning characters to their correct compartments in the case.

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  • Recommend a friend
    15/01/17 News # , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Recommend a friend

    We’ll give you £20 to spend in a Hailsham outlet and your friend will get a
    10% discount on their first order with Hailsham Creative*. What’s not to like?

    *See full terms and conditions below.

    If you’ve been impressed with something that Hailsham Creative has done for you or someone you know, why not recommend us to one of your friends or contacts.

    When they complete an order with us, to show you our appreciation, we will send YOU a £20 voucher to be used in the participating outlet of your choice, from the list below. What’s more, YOUR FRIEND will get a 10% discount on their first order with Hailsham Creative.

    Simply recommend us to a friend and ask them to contact us, quoting your name and company. When they complete their order with us, we’ll send you the voucher of your choice.


    Participating outlets at which your £20 voucher can be redeemed

    Callenders Restaurant, 82 High St, Hailsham BN27 1AU
    Chapter 12 Wine Bar, 12 High St, Hailsham BN27 1BJ
    Elderflower Interiors, Unit 3, North Street, Hailsham BN27 1DN
    Hailsham Jewellers, 36 High St, Hailsham BN27 1BB
    Hailsham Pavilion Cinema, George St, Hailsham BN27 1AE
    Smythe & Barrie, Consumer Electrical Store , 76 High St, Hailsham BN27 1AU


    Terms and conditions for £20 Recommend a Friend (RaF) Voucher

    1. (RaF) Vouchers will only be available for outlets participating at the date of payment for the referred new customer’s first order to Hailsham Creative.
    2. Hailsham Creative reserves the right to send a substitute (RaF) Voucher if the chosen outlet is no longer participating in this promotion.
    3. A substitute (RaF) Voucher may only be requested if a selected outlet is no longer participating when a (RaF) Voucher is redeemed and providing it is within the redemption date displayed on the original voucher. The substitute (RaF) Voucher must be redeemed by the original date displayed.
    4. Participating outlets may change with no notice.
    5. (RaF) Vouchers will only be sent once payment for the new customer’s first order has been received in full by Hailsham Creative.
    6. A (RaF) Voucher can only be redeemed at the outlet shown on that Voucher. It must be handed over directly at that outlet and cannot be used via an online shop.
    7. A (RaF) Voucher cannot be exchanged for cash and no change will be given.
    8. A (RaF) Voucher must be redeemed by the date shown on that Voucher.
    9. See (RaF) Voucher for terms and conditions specific to that participating outlet.
    10. (RaF) Vouchers available until 31/1/2019. Hailsham Creative reserves the right to extend or end this promotion without notice.


    Terms and conditions for 10% New Customer Discount

    1. 10% New Customer Discount can only be offered for design or print services from Hailsham Creative only.
    2. 10% New Customer Discount can only be offered to customers who have not previously ordered from Hailsham Creative.
    3. 10% New Customer Discount can only be offered once and for one order only.
    4. 10% New Customer Discount can only be offered if the name and company name of the new customer’s referrer are passed to Hailsham Creative at the time of order.
    5. 10% New Customer Discount cannot be applied retrospectively.
    6. VAT will be charged at appropriate rate on all orders.
    7. Hailsham Creative reserves the right to extend or end this promotion without notice.
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