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‘Graphic Means’: A Documentary About the Pre-Computer Era of Graphic Design (Video)
Like so many creative fields, graphic design is now almost exclusively the domain of computers and other electronic devices. But if you’ve ever read a magazine or looked at an advertisement (among other things) from before the era of personal computing you know that graphic design was a thriving field long before computers made it so much easier, even if you never thought about it before. Graphic Means is an upcoming documentary about those pre-computer days, and it now has a trailer on the internet.
Graphic Means is full of interviews with people who survived the trenches of making graphical and text layouts (and much more) the old-fashioned way, before computers made a lot of the decisions that go into such a process automatic. It also discusses the transition made from analog devices to “desktop publishing” and the myriad developments that have happened since then. Also, if there’s any justice in the world, it will look great.
Appropriately enough, Graphic Means is using the ultramodern crowdfunding technique to get made, and you can get more information on the project at its Kickstarter page right here.
Or, you can just enjoy the trailer for the movie below: