Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Machine That Made Us (Part 4 & 5)

After watching this it’s hard not to be impressed by just how novel (no pun intended) Gutenberg’s invention was, as well as the relentless attention to detail and design involved. For example, he produced eight variations of the letter ‘E’ so that the text could be justified precisely. Accordingly, it’s estimated that nearly a year’s worth of work was required to produce the letters to set the press alone.