Yesterday for Graphic Design class, we went on a field trip to Treviso, near Venice to visit the Tipoteca Italiana printing museum. The trip was AMAZING. On the way there, the fog was so thick that it was hard to see any vehicles in front of us on the road. It made the passing landscapes gorgeous, though. I missed taking photos of some breathtaking views, which was upsetting. I did, however take some.
At the museum, we learned a little bit about letterpress, and then we got to try it for ourselves. We saw some of the oldest machines imaginable and an original book by Bodoni, comparing it to its remakes years later. Bodoni was better…obviously.
We also made a quick stop by a printing factory. The aim of the visit, I suppose, was to contrast mass production with limited production, the detriment being that of quality. It was still amazing to see the factory, though. The machines were pretty cool, the way they bound the books and everything. I think the workers were confused about a class of americans strolling throughout their workspace, taking photos and trying (but failing) to take scraps from the Error Bins (some of the things being printed were Ralph Lauren, Vogue, and Burberry ads and posters).