Saturday, September 20, 2008

Typesetting

Call me sentimental, but I will always have an appreciation for 
people who still set type by hand.

4 comments:

Octavine Illustration said...

my sis used to work at a theatre and would spend many a night changing the letters on the marquee. she would call me while doing it and usually i would hear letters crashing down as she struggled to get them up.

i too appreciate that organic quality you feel when something is done by hand.

Elena said...

It feels like I've been let in on a secret! Sure, those signs change regularly, but HOW? WHEN? Now the secret's out!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

nice...you might have to get them an extra "S" though...

misswireless said...

LOL - setting type by hand. i'm remembering the days i did production work at a newspaper and a giant computer the size of a room was needed to spit out the print. Long strips of stories came out that we waxed, cut with exacto knives then laid on carboard for each newspaper page, as straight as we could. If we saw a typo, we cut it out with our exacto knives a stuck a new letter or something in the empty spot. My editor once pieced together a whole paragraph that way - and it looked only a little crooked when the paper was printed. what now takes a person a few hours on a mac, it took 5 of us and the giant machine all day to put together an issue.