Limitation as Art

Like every new information technology, the internet is sometimes touted as a great equalizer. The internet allows almost anyone to spread texts and images widely with a minimal investment of money and time, especially when compared to the historical effort required to create print media that we learned about in this class.  However, I still believe that printing does a better job of integrating images and text than our WordPress blog does, largely because of print’s comparative limitations.

            The key, for me, is print’s cohesiveness. Computers and the internet allow anyone to be a graphic designer- choosing type faces, photos, and formatting. In our blog, we get to be designers as well. But most of us have no training, and with nearly unlimited access to type and images, the results can be a bit of a hodgepodge. The Globe collection may seem garish sometimes, but Globe was conservative compared to the webpages I was forced to design in middle school. Globe and other early printers didn’t have the money or the technology to constantly switch styles and insert irrelevant images on a page in the way that a teenager on tumblr can with a few easy clicks. At least the typesetters doing rushed work and unlikely to be trained designers whose work we saw in early playbills had to keep all their type the same color.   Nowadays we have no such limitation. Even with something like WordPress, where we have some limits and prescriptions given to us by the website’s designers, I still can’t resist the urge to add extraneous details, badly shot photos. We have so much, right at our fingertips, but most of us still can’t achieve the quiet clarity of physical print.

 

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