personal responsibility - was snots
- here's my take on this.
i've believed this for a number of years as it has always been easy
to get free software and cracks to serialize them. (except Quark...)
if you make money using any particular piece of software, be it a
font or application, you ought to buy it.
it's really that simple and sensible. how can someone justify the
$600 price tag of some software if they only dabble? and even when
you DO make money from software, the prices are harsh. the day gig
has 10 seats we need to license for now. Adobe CS 2? not yet thanks.
i know that leaves several genre of software un-acknowledged, like
games, but i don't waste my time with such trivialities so they
aren't in my lexicon, and i buy music in meatspace. in fact am slowly
replacing my jewel cased cd's with japanese mini-lp's as they are
reissued. just received wire's 'pink flag' and 'chairs missing' from
cdjapan.co.jp/. as in all things, it's all about the presentation.
with regard to Gerald's previous post regarding bundled fonts
devaluing digital type, i'd extend that back to the computer grossly
devaluing typesetting and printing. for that matter, polymer cheapens
letterpress as well. sad but true.
oh, and don't pirate porn either. those folk are trying to make a
living as well...
best, m | interrobangletterpress.com | linotypesetting.com
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> To further reinforce this. For me to point to this link, which can be
> found by anyone searching the net:
> does this mean I advocate theft? It is only informational. The
> recipient of that information has to make their own ethical/moral
> [though for any with greedier tastes than shaky knees, bit torrent has
> its own punishment, your computer will likely be compromised by a bad
> guy in what, maybe, a couple of minutes or so?]
> More info on bit torrent here
> And to think, the web held such promise. But, invite everyone in and
> what do you get? personal websites, personal blogging, flickr personal
> photo sharing, frappr personal here I am look at me or whatever that
> is all about; everything brought down to the basic lowest common
> denominator: an old sin, Greed, and a 21st century sin, Posing.
> Peter, this ain't about Luc, it's about us.
Yes, I would agree. A lot of junk. But quite frankly, I think you
could say, and it has been said, that machine comp cheapened
letterpress as well. Eh!
But, a serious note. It doesn't necessarily have to be that way.
Digital type reproduced via the photopolymer plate process can be the
creme de la creme. Hey, or I wouldn't have gone over. It's really just
a matter of application and will, and getting over whatever. And, of course, getting serious about what we are doing. Ouch.
> with regard to Gerald's previous post regarding bundled fonts
> devaluing digital type, i'd extend that back to the computer grossly
> devaluing typesetting and printing. for that matter, polymer cheapens
> letterpress as well. sad but true.
- Gerald Lange wrote:
>HiThe whole idea of "blame the computer" is an old trick to find some way
>Yes, I would agree. A lot of junk. But quite frankly, I think you
>could say, and it has been said, that machine comp cheapened
>letterpress as well. Eh!
to avoid responsibility for the quality of one's work. I have heard this
all my life. "I can't do this or I can't do that cause the computer is
down." Or "That is just what the computer did".
Quality of composition is not a function of the machine be it Linotype
or Computer set digital type. Quality is a function of the individual
pounding the keys.
I am presently building a page from a book on the history of Kentucke
printed in 1794. Inter letter spacing is used to achieve the illusion
of larger size. This is an example of composition where a few sizes of a
single face are used judiciously to present a very pleasing page. Many
modern typesetters would be very critical of the line endings, word
breaks, and various other no no's. But my priority is to see the page as
To my way of thinking - If Machine Composition including Computer
generated digital type has impacted composition in any way at all, it
has lessened the need for personal decision making in composition. The
attitude which has become accepted is - If you can us a computer
keyboard, you can set type. With more faces and sizes available, there
is a tendency to "let the machine do it". The ingenuity in old time
composition is no longer necessary. I find this very discouraging.
The challenge for the modern day typesetter is to use technology to do
what conforms to the basic guidelines of good composition and not just
throw in some 15.5 point type "cause it fits". Horizontal and vertical
spacing can be used to create mass and focus for a page. It doesn't take
multiple faces in various weights.
Just my one cents worth.
prints by AJ
Point Pleasant, WV USA