Computers and typography 2 by Rosemary Sassoon

By Rosemary Sassoon

This quantity displays the advancements within the rapidly-changing box of typography for machine interface layout. provided as a chain of built-in case stories and interviews, the booklet covers: the abilities wanted for caliber web design; the influence of pcs upon publishing and coroprate layout; using desktops in the academic box; the development of child-orientated typefaces; and concerns in display format while designing academic and coaching software program.

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Quotation information: Mimesis: Desarticulations (Paris: Flammarion, 1975), pp. 166-275.

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For typesetting and page layout with digital types on the computer screen, and sending the data for plate making. Q31. Apple Mac was introduced in mid 1980s. Did the idea of ‘digital type’ already exist more than fifteen years before that? A31. It doesn’t seem like it. However, these Japanese newspaper companies asked help from an American company who didn’t know Japanese language. To the American software engineers, Kanji and Kana looked like graphic patterns, not letters or characters. That was the key to recognising how type could be made digital.

Composition would be another hell, wouldn’t it? A26. It’s true. That was how they did it until letterpress printing was gradually (or rapidly) replaced with photo-typesetting and offset-litho process over two decades, and virtually ceased to exist by the mid 1980s. Western letterpress printing was introduced to Japan in the mid 19th century, so that they were doing such absurd things for over a century. Q27. Were there Japanese private presses in these foolish old days? A27. I don’t think there had been any of that kind if I think about it – the size of an English type case for jobbing work is approximately 80 x 40 cm, but the equivalent for a Japanese one would be three or four cases, the size of a large door.

Positioning test of Devanagari monolinear font [typeface: Rohini]. FIONA ROSS · 53 type design. The availability of relatively low-cost font developing tools has also (albeit unwittingly) encouraged typeface piracy, which during the last ten years has rendered investment in new nonLatin type designs an unattractive option for font vendors (figure 13). However, the increasingly multi-cultural nature of societies worldwide coupled with the typographic potential of the digital era has revitalised interest in non-Latin fonts.

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