N AWARD-WINNING graphic design, letterpress printing shop, and book production studio, Horse & Buggy Press is located in Durham, North Carolina. Originally established in 1996 in Raleigh, we headed west and crossed over the county line in 2003. For the last ten years, we've been working out of the Bull City Arts Collaborative (which we co-founded) at 401 Foster Street in downtown Durham.
We head up the printed matter sector of the Aesthetic Police — an emergency relief agency working to counteract the continued decimation of worldwide aesthetic standards. Like any (self-appointed) regulatory agency, we aren't shy about overstepping our bounds. All kidding aside, we are serious about demonstrating the power, mystique, and aura of print. Through our work on projects large and small, public and private, we are quietly instrumental in demonstrating the relevance of beauty, the importance of attention to detail, and the pleasure in creating, seeing, and interacting with well-designed printed materials.
Ink on paper has lasting power. Truth. We believe print is an amazing medium that often does things more powerfully than digital devices, social media, and the various gizmos that we are all supposed to keep up with these days. And yes, we are aware we just told you that through backlit pixels on the internets. Equally adept at utilizing hand, digital, and mechanical technologies of design and production, we use all tools available to create engaging printed materials, and know how to effectively integrate printed projects with digital campaigns. We are not your curmudgeonly staid colonial Williamsburg printer of yesteryear, nor are we a boutique shop kicking out cutesy schwag.
Creating contemporary work in a variety of contexts, we have won national design awards while working for and with a diverse range of clients near and afar. We have a legion of satisfied clients and collaborators who enjoyed the process, and end users who enjoy the artifacts produced.
This site is updated every year or three with new work (this is a challenge, we like making new work more than showcasing our old projects so please pick up the phone and schedule a meeting if you'd like to see more recent work than what is displayed here, we are also happy to send out samples in the mail).
We host an open studios event on the third Friday of every month (as part of Third Friday Durham, a downtown circuit of arts oriented events) where recent projects are displayed in our Upfront Gallery. We often have receptions for the foyer gallery exhibits we curate and which feature the work of guest artists and craftspersons in a variety of media, usually presented with a thematically centered focus.
For glimpses at current projects and side-spur adventures, visit the blog. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on the mailing list (e-mail only, 4-6 digital newsletters per year).