This essay is an attempt to consolidate my views about a frequently overlooked step
in the history of typography: the Pantograph. A Pantograph is an instrument that
can duplicate plans and drawings to an adjustable scale. For the history of type design
this meant that a design no longer had to be manually cut and interpreted by a
punchcutter, but could easily be copied to an adjustable scale.
The design of this thesis is a play with the standardized academic essay. These
cheaply bound, A4 publications are normally typeset in the system-font chosen by the
university. This publication is typeset in Timeless, an iteration of the ubiquitous
Times. The text is printed on a paper-stock reminiscent of standard copy
paper, whilst the images are printed on silk paper. With a pantograph and a red marker
the skeleton of the Pantograph was transferred to each individual cover. All the sheets
were then shuffled, folded vertically and stapled.
client: thesis for the Werkplaats Typografie (NL) | date: 2010 | format:
20 page booklet | size: 10,5 x 29,7 cm