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McLuhan observed that the invisible texture of the media technologies we inhabit becomes visible as they grow obsolete, acquiring new relevance and status. With this understanding, Shinn focuses on the effects of ink gain and the way in which it has diminished from the era of letterpress to today’s high-resolution offset printing. Worldwide exhibits a silhouette of vectored detail that is both a means to pre-empt small amounts of gain at text sizes, and a source of visual interest in display cuts: vertical stems are cinched in the middle, serifs are delicately barbed, and acute joints between stems are hollowed out with ink traps. This detailing, although systematically formalized, has a mannered quality suggestive of the complex trace of process it addresses.

It might seem that what was once a bug is now a feature, but one should bear in mind that the designers of foundry type were perfectly familiar with the effects of press gain—it being the air they breathed—and in the course of many centuries had manipulated it to their own ends, seamlessly embedded in the pool of archetypes they created. So for us today, recognizing the virtue of their work and the importance of continuity, how do we parse that magical ingredient, ink gain? Worldwide advances a reflexive strategy. View PDF.

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