The History of Typography - Animated Short

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Sevag B. Martouni's picture
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The History of Typography - Animated Short
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Just watched an interesting animation* about the history of typography where the creator tells that typography was invented by Gutenberg. Is this correct? The creator also mentions that the first sans-serif fonts were created by William Caslon's great-grandson Caslon IV who disliked serifs. I'm very curious to know about the accuracy is this information, so any insight about this would be appreciated. Thank you.

*http://vimeo.com/forrestmedia/the-history-of-typography

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Printing from movable type was first invented, as far as we know, by the Chinese printer Bi Sheng. This isn't necessarily the only definition of typography, and doesn't preclude that Gutenberg too may have "invented" typography, even if he wasn't the first.

The first sans serif (latin) type appeared in a Caslon family catalogue, so the second anecdote sounds plausible. Sans serif lettering was around quite a bit earlier.

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This has so much wrong history that it is hard to know where to start. Just ignore it. Pity, because it has nice graphics.

Neil Caldwell's picture
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That video is just a student's project about stop motion graphics ...as lame as it is.

Thomas Phinney's picture
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The video seems to confuse “typography” with “type design,” among other issues. The first half is pretty riddled with errors or at least misleading content. The second half is actually not bad.

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Lighten up folks. It's clear the guy is not a typo-nerd. His terminology is a bit slack, true, and there are some vast generalisations but it's just a bit of fun. And quite nicely done I think.

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“His terminology is a bit slack, true, and there are some vast generalisations but it's just a bit of fun. And quite nicely done I think.”

It being nicely done is actually why it is “dangerous.” People will assume that the content is accurate. It is not that it is terribly upsetting or anything, but I am not going to promote it or link to it or anything of the sort, and point out the issues to those who would publicize it....

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It wouldn't have taken much research to get the facts right. What's the use of doing it wrong?