About

Triple Threat Press is a letterpress and graphic design company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Laura

Laura Drapac's printing career began in Athens, Ohio, where she studied both graphic design and printmaking at Ohio University. Upon graduating with her BFA in 2008, she worked for Apple Inc. full-time as a Creative Genius while applying for graduate school. After one year away from academia, Laura returned to school as a graduate student in printmaking at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she was able to explore the graphic and tactile qualities of letterpress in her own work. She received her MFA in May of 2012, and now works as the Event Coordinator for the Cleveland Flea. Laura is the primary letterpress printer at Triple Threat Press.

Dave

Always a hands-on learner, Dave spent his teen years moonlighting as a web designer, graphic designer, photographer, and musician. His penchant for simple aesthetics made his move to letterpress natural and, coupled with Laura's instruction, an easy one to make. Dave is a printer, designer, and head janitor at Triple Threat Press. When he isn't in the studio, he can usually be found browsing his local record store or walking around town with his camera.


Video by Eric Michener


Our Process

Most of our print work is done by hand on our restored Kelsey 5x8 letterpress. The basic techniques we employ have been in use for hundreds of years and traditionally would include individual pieces of lead type and hand-carved wooden blocks. While some modern printmakers still have the equipment, space, and desire to use old methods, we do things a little differently.

We chose to do our design work in Adobe Illustrator and are able to turn those designs into photopolymer plates that we print on our letterpress. This allows us to us to easily use multiple typefaces and custom artwork in a way that the letterpress printers of yesteryear could only dream of.

Press & Interviews

Dime Featured Artist: Triple Threat Press
We Denton Do It - May 2013
Creativity is intelligence having fun
Discover Denton - March 2015
Triple Threat Press: A letterpress co.
Interview with Diane Gibbs of Design Recharge - Jan 2013
Cleveland's Triple Threat Press
Interview on Coffee With a Sign Painter Podcast - Oct 2016
Cleveland's Slavic Village gets another arts-business boost
Cleveland.com - Nov 2016