Today, nearly all graphic designers work on computers, typography is digital, most students in graphic design schools never used or never crafted a real type with their hands.
Maybe that’s probably the difference today, between a good graphic design school and a bad one, in the bad one they will probably use only a computer and never work with their hands, wich i think it’s really wrong. I was lucky enough to be at a good school and learn how to hand craft type.
I know it’s a pain to hand craft a letter and you can cut yourself very badly and even end up in the hospital if you’re not careful but it’s just great to work with these once you’ve got them.
You will probably say to me “What’s the point on crafting a letter when you can type it in your computer in one second…” It just won’t be the same, i don’t know how to explain it but computers will not give the same results, and they will look the same as other people’s work. It’s not like computers are useless, they are quite useful actually… but so little designers still do things the old fashioned way that their work just look different…
So when i saw the trailer for the “Typeface” film i felt like i really want to watch it. The premiere is January 29, 2010.
The film was done at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, where there is still old fashioned type craftmen.
I believe it’s important to young designers like me to watch this kind of movies, where you can learn about how things were done before computers arrived, these guys are pretty old and in few years they will be gone forever. It would be a dramatic loss for all designers to loose all of this knowdlege.
Too bad i don’t know any museum like this where i live, would really like to visit it and maybe who knows learn something… I know, i’m a typography freak for collecting real fonts or hand crafting them while on vacation…but i hope real type will not be lost forever and will still be taught to students in the future…
So, do you guys think old type is useless and computers are better or not? ;)