Bad Press


Branding Publication Production
Bad Press is a Chicago-based publishing collective. We produce printed matter and exist as an accessible resource for the local community. Our goal is to help creators bring their concepts to fruition and contribute to growth of Chicago’s publishing culture.

I worked with my friends and cofounders, Sarah Gardner and Jared Sawdey, to develop a flexible brand for our small press. The look and feel is playful and welcoming to those both familiar and unfamiliar with risograph printing. We intentionally chose a variety of typefaces that break the traditional expectations of graphic design. We did this to erase any of our audience’s concerns about not having publishing experience, as the risograph is an imperfect printing method. We teach designers how to use the risograph and assist writers with layout and design needs. We understand everyone will need something different from Bad Press, and that variety is what our brand reflects.












Previously I’ve designed for the music and gaming industries, interactive art projects, and small publications. I pursue projects that experiment with the use of digital media, occupy physical spaces, promote community growth, and challenge expectations. Through Bad Press I help the Chicago design community grow into an active print and collaboration resource.
For freelance or speaking opportunities, please contact me at gallagherlb@gmail.com.


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