The Quest for a Monotype Computer Interface
Started by Mechanic, April 16, 2015, 01:22:38 AM
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QuoteDemonstration on how to cast metal type for use on a Gutenberg printing press.
QuoteThe Printing Press Revolutionized the Spread of InformationPublished: October 8, 2020Narrator: The printing revolution began in the German town of Mainz, in 1448, when Johannes Gutenberg, a goldsmith by trade, began casting the letters of the Latin alphabet in metal.Joost Depuydt: Gutenberg was looking for a way to produce multiple copies of the same text in a much faster way than scribes could copy texts in the manuscript period.Narrator: Gutenberg's idea was to speed up the process of putting words on a page by replacing the scribe with a machine. The secret of Gutenberg's printing press was his ability to mass produce multiple copies in metal of each individual letter. And in this he had a hidden advantage, the nature of the Latin alphabet.Brody Neuenschwander: The letters of the Latin alphabet are really very simple shapes, and when you write them in the way they would have been written at the time printing was invented, all the letters are very clearly separate. This is a modular way of writing, and, in fact, if I want to make little blocks of metal with them, no problem, because I'm already, I'm already there, basically. The design has already happened. These simple block-like letters can become blocks of metal and can be printed.