To a printer, "pi" is disordered material, especially type mixed up randomly rather than properly returned to its case. Linecasters use the same term for mixed-up matrices. It's a useful term which ought to be adopted more generally. So the mixed-up bits and pieces here are intellectual pi.
The Universal Printshop
[NOT DONE] Certain kinds of equipment are very narrowly specialized, while others are quite general. Machine shops are perhaps the best examples of general equipment kits: with a machine shop, you can make anything at all. Printing shops might seem at first to be very specialized, as they produce a single kind of product. But surprisingly, a letterpress printing shop (especially a hot metal one) is home to more general purpose equipment than you might think. A computer's printer does one thing, until it breaks. A hot metal letterpress printing shop can do all kinds of things. [ The galley. The makeup rule as universal pocket tool. Reglet. type miterer and mortiser are just milling machines. ]
Why Learn to Hand-Set Type?
The Meanings of "Font"
How Do You Read Type?
[NOT DONE] Printers read type in one orientation that comes naturally from hand composition, yet more often than I might have expected type is shown in illustrations rotated 180 degrees from the printer's orientation.
Computer Aided Lettering
[NOT DONE] Or, why very little taught today as "typography" is typography at all.
[NOT DONE] Thoughts on the philosophy and ethics of free electronic reprints of public domain linecasting/typecasting documents: (1) Why it is good for business. (2) Why it is necessary in order to save this information from complete destruction (but why we must still save the physical documents insofar as we can). (3) Why it is important to keep the public domain clearly public domain.
Save the Linotypes!
Linotype/Intertype/Monotype/Ludlow/Elrod/Etc. rescue near southwestern Wisconsin
A Board Game for Printers
This is a printers' version of the well-known word game played on a 15x15 grid.
Practical and Impractical
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