Heavy Metal Madness is a great story about the art of paste-up composition, a system were it still popular today would have driven me mad. This was graphic design until the desktop revolution. I particularly enjoyed the section on the Rapidograph pens, sent straight from a Clive Barker sort of hell to destroy your sanity and will to live.
Younger designers I know don’t have a clue to what paste-up even is, while older ones wish the could forget. I am a part of this weird transitional generation who learned it ‘just in case’ from professors wary of technology marching on. I’ve never actually had to use any of those skills in the real world, but I’m glad I was witness to them. It made the Mac so much more than a box to me; it was the most powerful tool ever made.
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