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Traditional Handset Type Design

Written By Monica Medeiros 19 Jan 2016
Traditional Handset Type Design

When Johannes Guttenberg altered a wine press into a printing press, it wasn't really the press that had the greater impact.  In truth, it was his production of movable metal type that gave way to that little movement known as the Renaissance.  In a time when all books were carefully hand scribed, the ability to set type and print multiples copies of the same text was revolutionary. 

Today, the slow process of setting and printing from type offers intrinsic value in an age of instant messages.

Bricolage Press operates on a technical level as a letterpress studio would in the late 1800s.  Many of the tools are survivors and offer a visible and tangible history. This postcard is printed using antique newspaper dingbats- the emoji of the 1880s.  Think of the life these little pieces of metal have had, the stories they've helped tell for 200 years.