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after a brief period of using Gotham   open the app, press the little photo
       Narrow SSm. On mobile devices, the    button and take your snap. You then
       font remains Helvetica Neue, Arial or the   can add a fi lter and mess about with
       system default sans-serif font        brightness, etc. Then add your caption
         And so onto Instagram which, in my   and those all-important hashtags:
       opinion, is the social media platform   anything letterpress-related can have
       that seems made for the Society.      a #bpsuk, plus any other words you
       We are, after all, visual people and   might think are useful identifi ers. I was
       Instagram is an application that is all   interested to discover that #adana
       about photos and videos. Unlike Twitter   took me to a lot of photos
        “And so onto Instagram which, in my opinion, is the
       and Facebook it seems much easier to   of a city in
         social media platform that seems made for the Society.
       control what you do and don’t see. It   Turkey!
       doesn’t seem full of angry people either
         We are, after all, visual people and Instagram is an
       (I’ll be honest: Twitter scares
          application that is all about photos and videos. Unlike
       me!)
       The great                                                          So
           Twitter and Facebook it seems much easier to control
            what you do and don’t see. It doesn’t seem full of angry
             people either (I’ll be honest: Twitter scares me!)”


                                                                  you might try
                                                          #adana8x5.
                                                   Or why not fi lm a little video of

                                             has been delighting us lately with her
                                 thing
                         about Instagram
                                             #100daysofglint.
                 is it is absolutely chock full   your press in action? Elizabeth Fraser
                                               Through Instagram I have ‘met’ loads
       of letterpress artists from all over the   of lovely people. I follow a couple of
       world.                                presses in Portugal, which I hope to visit
         Although Instagram has a desktop    next time I am there, and discovered the
       version, you can post only from a     wonderful Daredevil Furniture made by
       phone or tablet. The idea is that you are   @springtidepress. I really enjoy seeing
       posting photos of what is happening   posts ranging from people just starting
       right here and now – hence the ‘insta’.   to absolute expert printers making
       However, some people cheat and take   exquisite work. It’s fun to see a buzz
       photos on a digital camera and edit   going round your network – like, for
       them and then upload them via their   instance, when @hawthorn_printmaker
       phone (for instance I’m fairly sure   released a new range of letterpress
       Beyonce isn’t taking snaps on her     inks or when the recent new magazine
       Nokia).                               @pressingmattersmag was launched.
         Once you have signed up for an      I also discovered the new Typenotes
       account – taking hours to choose which   periodical produced by @fontsmith via
       name you are going to use! – simply   @mr_carpathian on instagram – it’s well
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