Impressive journey: a CMU graduate discovers art and pursues a career in typography | Western Colorado


Nothing really happens literally, which in Devan Penniman-Knapp’s case actually worked out for the best.

As the director of Desert Dog Press, a community printing press, and Colorado Mesa University in downtown Grand Junction, she is surrounded by letters every day.






Letters abound at Desert Dog Press, where director Devan Penniman-Knapp enjoys creating something more tangible than when using a computer.










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Devan Penniman-Knapp is the director of Desert Dog Press, a community print shop, and Colorado Mesa University in downtown Grand Junction.










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Scott Crabtree

Here are some of the images that can be used for printing at Desert Dog Press. Some came to Desert Dog Press from other local print shops and some may have been used long ago in locally printed advertisements.










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Photos by Scott Crabtree/The Daily Sentinel

Devan Penniman-Knapp manages Desert Dog Press, a community print shop and Colorado Mesa University at 437 Colorado Ave. The oldest press in the workshop dates from 1883.










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The cupboards are full of lead at Desert Dog Press. The most frequently used letters are kept in the center of a drawer with those rarely used around the edges.










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Scott Crabtree

Printing is thinking upside down. These were probably used to print advertisements for a local store and can now be found at Desert Dog Press.










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Manager Devan Penniman-Knapp demonstrates how a print frame is set and locked to be used for printing.










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Letters abound at Desert Dog Press, where director Devan Penniman-Knapp enjoys creating something more tangible than when using a computer.










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Scott Crabtree

Here are some of the images that can be used for printing at Desert Dog Press. Some came to Desert Dog Press from other local print shops and some may have been used long ago in locally printed advertisements.










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This poster was printed at Desert Dog Press in downtown Grand Junction, where Devan Penniman-Knapp is the director. She teaches poster making classes almost every month, and these classes are open to the public.




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