About Us

Dependable Letterpress was started in 2002 by Joel Benson in his basement in San Francisco’s Mission district. In 2004 the shop graduated to a light-flooded workspace in the Dogpatch on the Bay side of Potrero Hill.

Joel discovered the satisfaction in putting ink to paper in 1987 in a book arts class at UC Santa Cruz, and felt he’d finally found his calling. An apprenticeship with the Yolla Bolly Press followed, and later a job with Julie Holcomb Printers in San Francisco, where he was introduced to Heidelberg presses and the practice of production printing.

Contact us early in the process of developing your project. We are happy to provide quotes for printing costs based on a preliminary design, and to collaborate with you during all phases of the design process to ensure a product we can all be proud of.

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