From scribes to types : the inspirations and influences for the first movable types
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Van der Weij, Peter
This research is about exploring the period before and after the invention of the printing press. The journey that the first scripts made to be turned into movable type. The research consists of investigating and mapping the scripts that were chosen. The thesis has an analytical view on each journey. Historical background, æsthetical influences, models, characteristics and comparison are criteria that have been investigated for each of these scripts. This research shed light on the aspects of the transition from script to moveable type and proves that the cultural and historical context, aesthetically choices play as important role as technical reasons for movable type to come to life. Knowing that as a type designer will help me to first understand and second revitalize the unexplored ideas in old scripts and typefaces.