Calling all type lovers! I had the priviledge of hearing Doug Wilson, the director and producer of the upcoming documentary Linotype, speak at the BrandPerfect conference I attended a few days ago. He gave us a little history on the, now almost extinct, Linotype machine, as well as showed us the trailer and additional clips. Doug likes to put it this way: “The Linotype machine was basically the Twitter of the 1880s.”
From the site:
The Linotype completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence.
Below is the trailer and you can follow screening locations and all other news on the film’s site, as well as help support the project by buying things in the shop. The film is slated for release by the end of 2011. Looks like a good one.