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Archive for March 2011

The Influence of Current Trends on Type

March 30, 2011

There will always be a new cluster of fast-moving trends that touch societies for periods of time and then continue on, occasionally leaving behind some lasting impressions.  While a trend is making it’s impact, many aspects of life are subject to change.  The things we see on TV, what we hear at school, what we […]


March 30, 2011

A ligature in typography and writing is the combination of writing units to form a single glyph which is an element of writing that adds to the meaning of what is written.  Ligatures can be traced all the way back to Sumerian cuneiform, where characters were often combined to form single characters.  The way writing […]

The Linotype Machine 1884

March 30, 2011

The image above is of Shole’s typewriter. The image above is of Mergenthaler’s linotype machine. The image above is of an operator using a linotype machine. The typewriter was such an important piece of history because for years it was the only way to type.  Typesetting is the process of setting a material into type […]

The Gutenberg Press 1436

March 30, 2011

The way the Gutenberg Press worked was that first, ink was rolled over a raised surface of movable hand-set black letters that were held together in a wooden form.  The form was then pressed against a sheet of paper.  The Gutenberg Press is an example of  letterpress printing. The image above is of the Gutenberg […]

The Codex and the Illuminated Manuscript 4th Century AD

March 29, 2011

The image above is of a scroll. The image above is of a codex. The image above is of an illuminated manuscript. The word codex is derived from the Latin meaning, “block of wood,” because a codex is compact and sturdy like a block of wood.  The codex evolved from the scroll.  Random access is […]

Assignment 6 – Relief Printing

March 29, 2011

The purpose of this assignment was to create a movable type stamp of expressive type to relief print onto cardstock.

Assignment 5 – Illuminated Manuscript

March 29, 2011

The purpose of this assignment was to created an illuminated manuscript of a song or poem that looks like an original illuminated manuscript that would have been hand-crafted.

Creation of the Phonetic Alphabet 1050 BC

March 25, 2011

The image above is of a stone that has letters of the Phoenician alphabet carved into it. The image above is of Greek writing carved into stone. The image above is of Roman writing carved into stone. The Phoenician alphabet was successful because it was easy for people to learn when compared to previous writing […]

Hieroglyphics and the Egyptians 4000 BC

March 10, 2011

The image above is of hieroglyphics in an Egyptian tomb. The image above is of hieroglyphics found on an Egyptian temple. The image above is of Egyptian hieroglyphics on papyrus. A scribe is someone who writes books and other documents and assists a community in keeping track of their records.  Demotic script was a cursive […]

Secrets of the Rosetta Stone

March 9, 2011

I give this movie a 4 out of 5.  The movie is about the discovery of the Rosetta Stone and peoples’ attempts at translating it.  The film discusses how the stone was discovered by a group of Napoleon Bonaparte’s men during the annexation of Egypt.  The men found the stone, and thought it might be […]