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A Short History of Typography

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to get excited about fonts. It wasn’t but 20 years ago that the PC revolution opened up the world of multiple fonts to ordinary citizens rather than only being the provence of creatives. How many of you know the difference between sans=serif and Comic Sans, or for that matter know any of the history of fonts and typefaces?

Yukon-based designer Ben Barrett-Forrest has crafted a short (8 minutes) stop motion video as a succinct history lesson.

Created with 2454 photographs, 291 letters, and a few hundred hours of his life, Barrett-Forrest’s video takes us from the hand-lettered domain of pre Guttenburg, through the Gunttenburg revolution and puts actual people to the names and styles of many of the more famous typefaces such as Bodini and Carson, (both real people). Like poetry and fashion, typography is a reflection of the times in which it was created.

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