Today is my first typography class at Noble Desktop. We’re going to talk about the history and evolution of typography and printing.
One of my favorite things to talk about is the LINOTYPE MACHINE and I’ll be showing a short clip from the movie, Linotype the Film, which you can view on their website.
The Linotype machines were a major leap in progress from letterpress machines. The New York Times used Linotype machines until 1978! Sadly, except for a few hardy souls who somehow keep their machines going, they are almost extinct today.
If you want to understand how books were printed, not so long ago, you should spend some time learning about the Linotype machine. It is a crazy big, complicated and messy contraption but it’ll win your heart.