Dafi Kühne

My name is Dafi Kühne, I am a graphic designer / letterpress printmaker from Zürich + Glarus, Switzerland. Since 2009 I’ve been working full-time in my studio «babyinktwice» designing and printing posters, invitation cards, brochures and magazines for music, art, architecture, theatre and film projects. Since 2011 I’ve also been teaching everything from short workshops to full semesters in various universities in Europe and the United States.

In my studio I combine contemporary graphic design with old techniques. I use, along with my computer, primarily four letterpress proof and production presses from the ’60s, old lead and wood type, new lasercut wood, plexiglas or lino blocks, photopolymer plates, handcut lino or cardboard and so on…

It’s not all about letterpress – I am not a luddite or a romantic retro fanatic, haha. It’s just about finding the right tool for producing my designs. And in my case, my printing presses are an important tool even for the process of design. When it comes to printing I want have full control over the whole process and the power to make all the decisions, such as choosing the colours and the paper, mixing the ink, setting the amount of pressure and ink, according to my design concept. That’s why for me it makes perfect sense to use letterpress! And of course the quality! Yes.