Before theprinting press was created, any literature and illustration had to be made byhand.
Using a wide range of materials to transcribe books. It wasn’t justanyone who could do this, a job like this was regularly reserved for scribeswho lived and worked in monasteries. 1300s-1400s, people had developed a verybasic form of printing which involved letters or images cut on blocks of woodwhich would then be dipped in ink and stamped onto paper. Then the invention ofprinting press and movable type came along which created a huge cultural impact.The Print technology brought major change to the polishing and knowledgeproduction in renaissance Europe when it first began back in the 1450s. sincethen there has been a variety of printing techniques that designers can use, likeWood Block, Letterpress, Offset, Phototypesetting, Flexography, Inkjet,Silkscreen Printing and man more.
A good example of handmade print work isSister Corita Kent, who was an artist during the 1950s. Her printsfeatured phrases, incorporating advertising images, slogans and many more. One ofmy favirout posters by Corita Kent is the Come Alive, (1967) poster. Alan Kitching is another great graphicdesigner who uses handmade machines to create his work. “I was never interestedin printing, the first thing I’d say when I came in to the studio in themorning was ‘I’m not interested in letterpress printing, I’m interested in whatyou can do with this stuff.’ – Alan Kitching He’s well known for his expressiveuse of wood and metal letterforms. He creates great visual work and it makes melook at printmaking differently.
I personally hate creating print work handmade me look at things differently.