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History of Computer Typography talk - online, free, Feb. 14th

bzotto

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If you're interested in fonts, bitmaps, vectors, CRTs, and how they all work together: I'll be doing a talk through San Francisco's Letterform Archive organization next month on the history of computer typography. Should be a fun run-through, plus bringing vintage computer content to the design community!

More information & registration here:

Here's the official blurb:

This Letterform Lecture will take you on a whirlwind tour of bitmaps, cathode rays, and how type and computer technology have evolved together. This talk is part how-it-works and where-it-came-from, and part love letter to what is inevitably lost to obsolescence.
While print has often been the ultimate goal of "digital" typography, there is a parallel story of type shown on screens – letters conjured up and discarded in real time. This talk will touch on the different ways letterforms have been produced on displays, and how technology for print and technology for the screen eventually became the same thing. Fun topics include: the unique cathode ray aesthetic; the design of bitmap fonts; arcade and other games; how Bézier curves work; and tricks used to make small text legible.
 

Al Kossow

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If you're interested in fonts, bitmaps, vectors, CRTs, and how they all work together: I'll be doing a talk through San Francisco's Letterform Archive organization next month on the history of computer typography. Should be a fun run-through, plus bringing vintage computer content to the design community!

More information & registration here:
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