Occasionally, printers will run disposable sheets of paper through the press several times in order to fine-tune the press, or to clean the rollers. The resulting “setup sheets” often display random overlays of images and type from various unrelated print jobs.
A great resource for those of us who cannot afford a real Rauschenberg, setup sheets have long been admired and collected by graphic artists for the happy incidents that adorn them. In fact, certain recent designs could be described as software-assisted attempts to recreate that fortuitous look. Here are some examples from my collection, which I hope you will enjoy.
(But, then, I should really just shut my bloody trap. Shouldn’t I.)