The Museum of Modern Art has launched an interactive website to accompany its 2008-2009 exhibition and catalogue, The Printed Picture. In videos embedded in the site, master printer and catalog author Richard Benson explains the nature of processes ranging from engraving and woodcut to modern dye transfer and inkjet printing. The videos are supplemented by a comprehensive glossary of printing processes, fully updated to accommodate the rapidly changing technologies of our digital age.
Blog post contributed by VRC staff member Emilia Mickevicius.
The Graphics Atlas from the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology allows for dynamic exploration of printing processes, from pre-photographic to digital. Visitors can browse techniques visually, by name, or on a timeline. Detailed comparisons of different techniques help viewers learn to visually distinguish one printing process from another.
The Chair of the History of the Book at the University of Amsterdam has created a Flickr photostream, including typographical material with a focus on the Netherlands from 1470-1800. The collection is a work in progress, created in collaboration with Special Collections, Amsterdam, and also with the Royal Library, The Hague and the Archive at Alkmaar. Over the coming year, project collaborators hope to extend the collection to more than 20,000 photographs of initials, ornaments and type. Descriptions to facilitate searching will also be enhanced through the use of the Iconclass database.