Although it seems like a lifetime ago that there was a time without computers, I’ve got it on pretty good authority that we haven’t always been surrounded by digital devices.

If like me, you were wondering how it was possible to produce beautiful and inspiring graphic design without the assistance of photoshop software and backlit screens, the documentary Graphic Means thankfully provides some answers. For decades, it was the hands of industrious designers and various ingenious machines/tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer. While at times it was an organizational, practical and creative nightmare for designers, some incredible work came out of pre-computer days. Graphic designers, also known as legends of layout had to master treacherous, chemically hazardous tools and ridiculously confusing mathematical systems in order to generate clean, meaningful work. Hold your computer tight and treat it right because it’s saved you from more frustration, disappointment and potential poisoning than you can imagine.

So, hold your computer tight and treat it right because it’s saved you from more frustration, disappointment and potential poisoning than you can imagine. Check out the award-winning documentary for yourself here.

 

 

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