Publishing’s Great Leap Forward

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“Linotype: The Film” Official Trailer from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

In 1886, it revolutionized communication, skyrocketed the printing of periodicals and books, and was heralded by Thomas Edison as the eighth wonder of the world. It’s the humble Linotype typesetter and until photo typesetting came around in the 1970s, it was the go-to workhorse for presses everywhere.

Linotype Machine Publishings Great Leap Forward

Sadly, most of these machines were scrapped and melted down by the mid-70s. The knowledge and expertise it took to run the Linotype is almost lost. But thanks to a new feature-length documentary by filmmakers Doug Wilson, Brandon Goodwin, and Jess Heugel, the story of this game-changing machine will now be told.

The filmmakers are seeking funds through Kickstarter, and plan to release “Linotype: The Film” in Fall 2011. We can’t wait. This story’s got a lot to tell us about the role of technology in creativity – past , present, and future.

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  1. I remember using one of these at Lincoln Jr. High School (in Santa Monica) in Print Shop class, Mr. Little was a great teacher and that was my favorite class of the day. I can still remember the smell of ink in the air, that’s why I love Letterpress to this day.

      December 13, 2010 – 1:02 pm   Permalink

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