Gutenberg may hang quite high on the technical heritage tree, the cast movable types being almost over. There are even good, and often bad, reasons to discuss the future of Codex. But the need of typography is not void. From much farther than 15th Century, the necessity to make the language visible -in an altered version of Ellen Lupton’s motto- keeps being of paramount importance.
iLoveTypography discusses the legacy of Gutenberg :
Large or small, letters seem to inhabit their own universe. Re-arrangeable in any combination, they can spell out all conceivable messages, be they poetic, bureaucratic, or anything in between. But sometimes a text is just about its letters themselves, not an object to be read, but one to be looked at. Type specimens have taken various forms over the centuries, from posters to postcards and from primers to pamphlets. In fact, this web ‘page’ that you are reading now is also a type specimen, at least of some sort. In our digital age, creating type specimens has become easier than ever before. But what did our predecessors do 100 years ago, or even 500 years ago? (…)
– @WebOL : Books (Livres) | Ellen Lupton | Typo for the Web | Ancient printing | Type + Paper + Ink.
– Furthermore, all articles by TypOL.
– Invitation to read Dan Reynolds, aka TypeOff, the very author of the iLT’s post where the thread was reeled from.