Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Wayback View – Typesetting, 1946

I began my full-time career in the graphic arts as a production artist in the early 1970s. At that time time hot metal type was in its prime. From a graphic designer's point of view, one of the qualifications of a good typesetter was their ability to pull galley type at the same text weight during the seemingly endless rounds of text changes.
In 1981, my employer, Price Printing, employed one of the last hot metal typesetters in western Canada – as a courtesy to the few clients who still requested that type of work - mostly business cards and wedding invitations. In 1983 he retired, fortunately for him, a year before the arrival of the Apple Macintosh.
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