I have been able to undertake several areas of testing for the project in the last week or so; firstly with about seven typewriters to choose from it was important to find one with an elite typeface rather than pica (which is bigger), this is because the space on the reverse of the postcard where we intend to type our ‘portraits’ is limited; typeface style also varies – as does the quality of typewriter(!).
I also did a lot of testing with printing back to back on the photocopier – but without much luck, so I may have to resort to typing each story 8 times. I have also begun to digitally print some of the postcards – just three sorts in total to start with. After some letterpress tests, I have now overprinted the cards, but there are still further embellishments to be added, as well as the typing on the reverse. Working in threes’ is a manageable number so I’ll proceed with this structure as it means I can have work at various stages of completion, which will hopefully keep the momentum of postcard production going.