Editorial Eye 84
The original Monotype was an ingenious piece of highly disruptive technology that caused the biggest changes to the printing industry since the invention of movable type.
This fiendishly complex example of mechanical engineering enabled every printer to make type for themselves. Its efficiency and accuracy transformed printing and publishing with ruthless speed until succeeding waves of technological progress – from photosetting to the ongoing digital revolution – consigned the Monotype keyboard and caster to typographic history.
For this special issue we have seized the chance to explore Monotype’s rich archives of type design treasures. We also hear from Beatrice Warde and Stanley Morison, both significant personalities in the company’s development, in their own words.
Robin Nicholas and Dan Rhatigan, two designers closely involved in the past and present of Monotype, add their insights. And we catch a glimpse of the Monotype, the machine that started it all, in action at John Randle’s Whittington Press. SE & JLW
First published in Eye no. 84 vol. 21 2012.
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