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September 12, 2008


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Thanks so much for the behind-the-scenes peek! Hope the computer issues get better.

Linda Cunningham

Glad to hear I'm not the only person with a boxful of Rapidograph pens that have seen better days!

If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend Stephen Heller's piece for Design Observer about press-on type (www.designobserver.com/archives/entry.html?id=38424) -- of which I still have a rather large collection -- it makes me realize just how far we've come in thirty years in the printing business....

Deborah Robson

Oh, cool! Prestype! I still have my collection, too. It's probably lost its stickiness, but yeah, it's here. In an oversized folder, because the sheets were oversized. My sets were heavy on Bookman and rules and dingbats.

I hope I didn't have any Avant Garde; the first 4/c (four-color) magazine I edited had recently been given a redesign by a graphic artist who decided the text should be set in Avant Garde. It was impossible to proofread: every i, I, and l looked identical. We were on a hurried deadline and I had the typesetter put the text in a legible face. I almost lost my job over it, and I needed the job but was willing to leave if I had to proof a whole magazine in Avant Garde at 9 on 11, or whatever it was.

Press-on type was fun. There's a great comment on that article, though, by reader Bob Aufuldish about how it is "perfect for that slightly (or completely) out of control feeling."


I enjoyed this look into the publishing business. I'll appreciate the books I read from a different perspective now.

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