The 1800s were a time of massive transformation in printing. The 1700s saw printing move from cottage to larger scale, but many factories held back industrial operations. Those changed dramatically right around 1800 and proceeded through the end of the century. In this article Glenn Fleishman focuses on an overlooked aspect: paper molds used to duplicate entire pages of type and images, often for newspapers, that were cast as metal plates. These remained in use until the 1980s in American newspapers!

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AuthorNicole Phillips
CategoriesHISTORY, PRINT

The baseline is one of the foundations of legibility, allowing letters to be read in a flowing fashion along a horizontal line our minds construct. So how did type foundries keep a consistent baseline? They did not. At least for most of the first four and a half centuries of printing before industrial scale had fully set in and before standardization became keenly important as an element of efficiency and productivity. Read this fascinating article from Glenn Fleishman for more.

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A practical treatise on the production of books in nineteenth century London. The book guides the novice from manuscript to distribution, demonstrating the interconnectedness of the people and processes involved. A facsimile of the 1892 edition alongside new texts by Esther McManus and Samantha Whetton. Available in-person or online londonbookarts.org/shop

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AuthorNicole Phillips

Quentin Schmerber’s Esad talk on Baskerville in France (and his changing relationship with English typefaces) released as a video capture, its honest, insightful (nerdy!) and delightful - check it out and after the jump note the links on the right to other speakers from the event.

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These street name signs 'hide in plain sight' they are read daily for navigation as visual wayfinding anchors but not often seen. Especially by locals, Allistair’s project is about looking at these signs critically to understand where they have come from and what narrative they may tell of his city.