"How Does It Fit In with the New Technology?"

"It doesn't."
In a world that's all iPad and interaction design and expiration dates, it's always nice to see someone dedicating love and energy to the classics. "Linotype: The Film" looks at the Linotype typecasting machine with just this kind of love. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, the Linotype revolutionized printing and society, but very few people today know anything about it. More about the film and the preview after the jump...

From the film's website:
The Linotype completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing it all again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence.

The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that want to save the Linotype from the scrap yard but some see this as a fruitless endeavor to slow down progress.

  • Josh Klenert

    This could be the best thing since Helvetica (the movie)!

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