Sven Olaf Nelson Printer and Designer sven@pineapplepress.net

History of Pineapple Press & Design

Where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I began printing while a graphic design student at Ball State University and began my print shop with a small table-top proof press and a few drawers of type in 2001. I named my shop Pineapple Press & Design in honor of my grandfather’s nickname – Pine.

Since then, I’ve continued to grow my collection of letterpress print equipment and design passion in my home in Sylvania, Ohio.

I specialize in individual custom orders that are personal and as unique as you. I’ll partner with you to bring your ideas to life, whether in print or digital. I also offer a supply of ready-to-ship letterpress ephemera at my Etsy storefront.

Work We’re Proud Of

Odds, ends, and everything in between.

A Little About PP&D

A look inside my shop and story about what I do.

What I Offer

I offer a variety of services for a variety of clients. In some projects, I have artistic license to both design and print the piece. In other projects, I work closely with a graphic designer to achieve his or her vision. My clients are individuals who share my passion for the feel of paper and the personal touch of a hand-made greeting. I would be pleased to create your next stationery.


Wedding Stationery


It all begins with the Save-the-Date and finishes with the final thank you notes. I offer complete wedding stationery packages. For samples, check out
WEDDING FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

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Custom Stationery


Wedding, Baby, Graduation, Personal Stationery, Holiday Greetings, Business Stationery, Printing Services for Graphic Designers


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Local Retailers


Please call or email for additional details about carrying Pineapple Press & Design stationery in your boutique.

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Workshops


I offer introductory workshops for groups at your location. I’ve facilitated workshops with elementary students, Undergraduates, and business workgroups. Please call or email for additional details.


If you’re wondering, “What is Letterpress?”


Letterpress printing is the way everything was printed from the mid 1400s (think Gutenberg) until the 1950s. Letterpress is a relief method of printing that leaves an impression on the paper. The depth of that impression is what draws so many people to the “feel” of letterpress. Today’s printing methods cannot duplicate this impression and the imperfections that are inherent in letterpress printing. I am passionate about preserving this type of printing for the next generation, it is such a personal form of communication. I print all my projects on antique letterpress equipment including a 1940s Chandler & Price press, a 1905 Vandercook No.01 proof press, along with other small foil presses, and book presses. I love to use metal and wood typefaces from 6pt to 7 inches and hand mix all of my inks. These methods combine to create an imperfect — yet personal and hand-crafted feel to the ephemera.