In 2014, AIGA turns 100! To celebrate American design and its profound impact, AIGA presents “100 Years of Design,” a living resource for this landmark year and into the future. At CelebrateDesign.org, select design works provide historical context alongside interviews with leading designers and significant moments in AIGA’s history.
How does design assist, connect, delight, influence, and inform YOU? How else does design impact your daily life or broader culture? Add your own favorite examples of design history at CelebrateDesign.org!
Video by Second Story, part of SapientNitro
Music by Andrew Ashwood
This film, created by Horan Engraving in the 1950s, shows the entire process of photoengraving. Starting with taking a photo, it shows camera work, engraving, etching, plate preparation, touch-up, zinc & copper plates, one-color process, four-color process and more. If you want to learn how a photograph becomes a printing plate and a final print in a newspaper or book, look no further.
Made for the 75th anniversary of the Linotype in 1961, this film shows the impact that the invention of the Linotype had on the printing industry and the world. There are excellent sections on typeface design, cutting steel punches, using the Benton engraving machine, and the manufacture of Linotype matrices.
The film showcases various models of Linotypes, machines running via tape and Teletypesetting, as well as Linofilm machines and the process of producing film type matrices.
This silent, black & white film was made as an in-house film for the New York Telephone Company and shows the process of updating the Manhattan telephone directory daily and then incorporating them into the massive yearly book. It describes how a Linotype works, shows proofreading, lockup, printing, binding, paper cutting, stereotyping, and gluing. There are also some pretty goofy title cards and a crazy final scene with a guy smoking in a mirror for no apparent reason.