The history of type

  • The mass production of the written word goes back centuries
  • The first moveable form of type was created in china
  • Johannes Gutenberg created the first mass produced book, the “Gutenberg bible” in 1450
  • By 1470 people where creating highly legible type faces based on the human form
  • With the industrial revolution came the mechanized printing press, allowing the efficient mass production of books
  • The advertising industry fueled the initial creation of more complex and extravagant fonts
  • With the industry wanting less cumbersome ways of typing, many new typing machines where developed
  • With the development of computers, the type industry moved away from mechanical equipment
  • Type design was seen on almost everything in the 60’s and 70’s as a new, interesting designs
  • With the development of the personal computer, typefaces morphed into fonts
  • By the late 1990’s font design software had become affordable and was in the hands of most graphic designers