Time Machine: The early days of desktop publishing

Yellow Page ad design shows the beginnings of graphic design software

Check out this 1977 film from AT&T, which showcases a new technology designed to improve the speed of yellow page ad creation. In the clip, we see a designer using a computer to design an ad, change fonts and text sizes, add in scanned artwork and other layout changes that would become quite easy about 5-6 years later with the advent of tools like Quark Xpress and Aldus PageMaker.

While the clip shows technology that seems old, archaic and painfully slow, the benefits of such a system at the time would seem to be super-speedy, considering typesetting systems at the time. This clip also reminded me of my first job post-college, in which I worked as a proofreader for a company that created Yellow Page advertising. I worked one day at that job, deciding instead to focus on my newspaper writing career instead. And look at me now!

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