Welcome to Paleta Press, a little global print shop and graphic design studio, located in Cleveland, Ohio. My designs are inspired by my time living in South America and Europe, my travels, and particularly by food and drink from around the world. I have a longstanding interest in graphic design and have a background in researching the history of technology, so the world of letterpress seemed like a natural choice. Paleta Press was born in the summer of 2013 when I happened upon my first press in an antique bookstore that was going out of business in rural Wisconsin. Subsequently, I trained in letterpress at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago and Zygote Press in Cleveland.
Along with letterpress printing, I have a background working with brand identities and logos, especially for non-profits.
I operate two antique presses (A Baltimore platen press and a Line-O-Scribe sign press) and create designs with vintage printers blocks and type. My grandfather trained as a typesetter in the 1930s and I hope to carry on the tradition – with a twist. I also incorporate screen printing into some of my designs. All type is set by hand using vintage typefaces. I hope you enjoy these pieces of history!
I am inspired by my travels and the things I see when I am out and about including art deco neon signs, typography from old advertisements, architecture, hand-painted grocery store signs, azulejos, record covers and vintage ephemera.
What is a Paleta?
A paleta is a Mexican popsicle – and also the word for an artist’s palette in Spanish and Portuguese. Growing up in Chicago, paletas were a sign of summertime, and I hope these designs incorporate that sense of fun and nostalgia.
p.s. My favorite paleta flavor is lime.