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Graphic Means explores the history of graphic design production, before the advent of the desktop computer.
Graphic Means explores the history of graphic design production, before the advent of the desktop computer.
Graphic Means explores the history of graphic design production, before the advent of the desktop computer.
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Two more shoots down—London and East Coast to go!

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Hello loyal supporters of Graphic Means!

DP, Dawn Jones-Redstone and I have been busy over the past couple of months. We made it down to California for Typo SF where we interviewed Ellen Lupton, Carolina de Bartolo, and Tobias Frere-Jones—and this week, we made it up north to Seattle for the chance to speak with Art Chantry, and creator of Aldus PageMaker, Paul Brainerd!

I’m currently reviewing, organizing, and transcribing footage. I’m also preparing for our next big trip to London, and the East Coast, which is chalk full of great interviews. On the schedule are: Adrian Shaughnessy, Ian McLaren, Steven Heller, Colin Brignall, Frank Romano, and more!

In other great news, Doug Wilson, director of Linotype: The Film, and founder of printingfilms.com has just sent me a drive full of archival films that he was able to get digitized thanks to your help, Kickstarter donors!

I thought I would share some of the moments from our shoots thus far.

Signed, Briar Levit + the Graphic Means crew

Dawn shoots Gene Gable discussing the Graphics Master reference book
Dawn shoots Gene Gable discussing the Graphics Master reference book
Art Chantry's drafting table.
Art Chantry's drafting table.
Some luscious stills from the archival films shared with us by printingfilms.com.
Some luscious stills from the archival films shared with us by printingfilms.com.
Paul Brainerd: Founder of Aldus (creators of PageMaker)
Paul Brainerd: Founder of Aldus (creators of PageMaker)
Shooting with Gene Gable—former typesetter, type shop owner, publisher, and journalist.
Shooting with Gene Gable—former typesetter, type shop owner, publisher, and journalist.
Josh Berger of Plazm magazine demonstrates an early Plazm type specimen with incredibly complex cuts and folds.
Josh Berger of Plazm magazine demonstrates an early Plazm type specimen with incredibly complex cuts and folds.
Awkward photo, but it's the only one we got of me and the incomparable Tobias Frere-Jones.
Awkward photo, but it's the only one we got of me and the incomparable Tobias Frere-Jones.
Chantry shows us mechanicals for The Rocket.
Chantry shows us mechanicals for The Rocket.
Mistress of type and design thinking—and my personal design pedagogy hero—Ellen Lupton!
Mistress of type and design thinking—and my personal design pedagogy hero—Ellen Lupton!
Art Chantry: Graphic Designer. Ham.
Art Chantry: Graphic Designer. Ham.
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    1. Briar Levit Creator on June 20, 2015

      Bette, I have seen the beautiful cover for Me. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, while browsing at Powell's Books, but I didn't know what it was. Just read the summary, and it should great. Purchasing stat!

    2. Bette Forester on June 20, 2015

      Hooray! You're probably familiar with Aldus Manutius... inventor of italics and the semicolon. Praps you'd also like to know of Robin Sloan's enchanting little book, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore... all connected, of course.