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Book Response: Chapter 6 & 7

 

This week’s chapter discussed about the technological impact on typography. Typography is a direct result of the technology on hand. The book starts out with Gutenburg and his movable type invention. The idea of moving away from writing each manuscript to setting the type letter by letter was a huge technological advancement. Flash forward, we see images of the first digital letters. The pixelated letterforms are vastly different from the letters on this screen. What was once a letterform made of 10 pixels is now made with thousands of pixels. As a result, we are able to see smooth, clean letters. One really neat thing that was shown in the chapter was the Rechner Calculator app. Instead of displaying the function features as buttons, they created gestures that would control the different calculation functions. All of this information, combined with last week’s chapter about using the overall form to help with the denotation of the words, can be used in my experimental page in my zine. My experimental process uses a combination of traditional technology (cooking and baking!) with technology. I was (surprisingly) able to print out my 3-D cookie cutters without any trouble! They came out absolutely perfect! The idea of being able to actually print out something 3-D is still so unreal to me. It also worked perfectly as cookie cutters. (I was worried that it would get stuck in the hole instead of actually cutting out the forms.)

 
Joyce Chen