The Street Of Ink: A Look Back At London’s Fleet Street

Graphic drawing in black and white of London's Fleet Street

Italian graphic designer Giulia Garbin celebrates the newsprint heyday of London’s famous Fleet Street…

The Street of Ink

With the very future of the great British newspaper in its traditional printed form hanging in the balance (sheets), Italian graphic designer Giulia Garbin has created The Street of Ink – a beautiful visual homage to the heyday of London’s Fleet Street. This is a place and time long forgotten by the YouTube generation, when the printing presses of central London still ruled the UK’s publishing world.

“Once considered the metonym for the British national press, Fleet Street has become the symbol of the fall of a communication industry,” says Giulia Garbin. “Fortunately, the memory of the once ‘Street of Ink’ is preserved in the words of the last generation of printing press employees.”

London Fleet Street illustration

After meeting and interviewing some of these Fleet Street vets, Giulia used their insider knowledge to create a series of engraved drawings, along with a video documentary, for The Street of Ink project.

A graduate from the Royal College of Art in London last summer, Giulia has previously worked with ARC Magazine, Penguin Books, Fact Liverpool and the V&A.

London Fleet Street engraved drawing

The Street of Ink

Here’s a video showing the printing process behind Giulia’s art project on Vimeo –


  1. Interesting. I love History and this is a very apt homage for Solopress to cover. Very sad an English person didnt think to do it though!


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