Who is Radix Media?
Radix Media is a worker-owned and operated union print shop based in Brooklyn, New York, offering both offset and digital printing services, as well as graphic design. Our name comes from the Latin root of the word radical which means to get to the root.
Every worker at Radix Media is a co-owner and takes part in one or more aspects of management of the business. We believe workers should have control over their workplace conditions and are proud to operate a democratic business with no hierarchy and no bosses.
Radix Media is unionized with both the Graphic Communications Conference / International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). Your print job will have a union label affixed to it somewhere, noting that it was produced by unionized labor.
We use vegetable-based inks and solvents, alcohol-free dampening systems on our offset presses, and our house paper is 100% post-consumer recycled. We do our best to re-use everything from the box our paper came in to the bag our bagel came in!
What We Print
The list of projects we can print is vast, and includes zines, pamphlets, posters, postcards, business cards, letterhead, calendars, stickers, envelopes and much more. We also offer graphic design services and have published a number of items ranging from political pamphlets and posters to notepads and greeting cards.
How did you get started?
The story of Radix Media is really a tale of two print shops.
OccuCopy was founded in the Fall of 2011, one of several worker cooperatives born out of the blossoming Occupy Wall Street movement. They set up shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn and became a crucial resource for both the radical and surrounding communities of New York City.
But there’s another element to the story, an element that began in the Pacific Northwest. Radix Media began in Portland, Oregon in the Fall of 2010 as a one-person shop with a single offset press. They printed hundreds, if not thousands of pages for the creative and social justice communities. They also acted as a small publisher, putting out zines, posters, greeting cards and other ephemera that were designed and printed in-house. After a trek across the country in the Summer of 2012, Radix settled in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
The two shops soon realized that they had much in common and decided that one unified print shop was better than two. After working together for about six months to combine processes, re-organize workflow and train on new equipment, OccuCopy and Radix Media merged in the Summer of 2013 to form the new Radix Media that exists today.
Have an idea for a project? We would love to talk to you about it! Feel free to contact us.