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GrC 101, Week 1 Notes

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Introduction to Graphic Communications
Brian Lawler
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Elly Notetaker on Friday August 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GrC 101 at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo taught by Brian Lawler in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Graphic Communications in Graphic Communications at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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Date Created: 08/05/16
GrC 101 Week 1 Class Notes Monday September 26: Relief Printing  Oldest type of printing  Originated in Baghdad, although most artifacts were either lost or destroyed  China and Korea created the first printing in 500 BC using woodblocks and ink  Europe was unaware of China’s printing for 5000 years  Most credit Gutenberg for inviting printing, but rather he instead introduced a process. Johannes Gensfleish am Gutenberg 1399-1468  Very little is known about Gutenberg, such as his date of birth, name, etc  However, he is arguably one of the most influential people in history.  His invention of the printing press facilitated mass communication and made it possible for people to make copies of what they had to say.  His family’s coat of arms shows people going through the Holy Land to fight crusades  Trained as a goldsmith, Gutenberg made trinkets that he sold to pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.  In his time, books were handwritten by scribes  Women did not have jobs, however unmarried women could be scribes  Peter Schoeffer became Gutenberg’s apprentice as a scribe o Schoeffer was a foster child of Foche, who provided the money for Gutenberg’s inventions o Gutenberg spent Foche’s money foolishly so Schoeffer worked with Gutenberg to make sure Gutenberg stayed in line. o Schoeffer developed the molds and used his own handwriting for the alphabet in the Bible.  Printed about 200 Bibles and was deemed the most beautiful book ever printed in history. Only about 50 remain today.  Gutenberg’s influence continues to this day and he can be credited for delivering literacy to society. Wednesday September 28 Gutenberg (cont)  Gutenberg “reinvented” movable type  Created a system for expanding literacy  Mass communication of any kind was now allowed  Gutenberg also made the Renaissance possible Gutenberg’s Mold  Chinese lettering included blocks of all the same square size  Gutenberg’s blocks varied in width, but remained the same height  There were 2 mold-halves that could slide depending on the width of the character  Molten lead was poured into the mold, then allowed to cool, trimmed to depth and ejected from the mold complete  The matrix, stamped by the punch into copper, is inserted into the mold and positioned. o Punch: steel pin with the letter engraved.  A finished piece of foundry type is a negative image of the letter on top of a block of solid lead


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