Let your fingers do the walking

Published On April 16, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Books

This isn’t comics but I suspect anyone involved in book design and publishing will find it interesting, not to mention the many artists who these days work with a tablet and digital pen to draw directly onto their computer – it’s a video AT&T Tech has posted up about a digital system developed by Bell Labs and used to design pages for the Yellow Pages back in 1977. Amazingly basic and rough compared to modern Desk Top Publishing, WYSIWYG systems, digital imaging, scanning and software packages, of course – rough even compared to the very early DTP packages I first used on a Mac way back in the very early 90s (and I’m sure more than a few of you fiddled with those early DTP and Adobe type programmes to see what they could do). And yet there’s a lot here many of us will recognise – the digital tablet, the scanner, saving regularly used images for re-use (such as logos), the ability to re-arrange the layout on the screen to best fit what will later be a printed page, it’s all the elements many can now do from their work desk or at home in high-resolution simply and quickly (indeed the iPad or Android tablet in your rucksack probably has greater design apps in its slim case), but here is the early “bang the rocks together, guys” version. To quote the old Vulcan saying, “fascinating”. (via BoingBoing)

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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