Linotype: The Film

Linotype: The Film

January 16, 2012  |  Typography

On February 3rd a movie will premiere that will explore the history and impact of a near extinct creation that many people today don’t normally give thought to, and no, I’m not talking about dinosaurs, I’m talking about Linotype.

Linotype is a part of the printing process that doesn’t exist much, if at all, now in the modern days of technology, but back in the day it was revolutionary. It sped up the printing process by casting an entire line of type at one time (hence “Line o’ Type”) instead of the typesetting everything by hand. Fun fact for those of us in Charm City, Ottmar Mergenthaler, the inventor of the Linotype, emigrated from Germany to Baltimore!

The world premiere of Linotype: The Film will take place in New York City on February 3rd and a screening tour across the US and other parts of the world will take place soon after. For more information check out or follow them on Twitter @linotypefilm.

From a designer’s standpoint, I can’t wait to get a glimpse into what the world of printing was like in the age of Linotype and how much things have evolved over the years. So until a screening visits a city near you, check out the trailer here!

“Linotype: The Film” Official Trailer from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.