Chapter 3 Summary: From Baroque to Braille

I have extremely mixed feelings about this era—I love it and hate it. I remember reading about the industrial revolution during history class in high school and although it was a time of new inventions, it was also a time of child labor in factories. Many children were injured, and from what I can remember, several were killed. As well, there was lots of pollution since there were massive production in textiles, print, steam engines and the introduction of factories. Therefore, the industrial revolution has always been one of my unfavorable sections in the history book, but there are positive aspects about this era that I like as well. There was a big shift in art, literature, architecture, culture, and typography. One thing that really surprised me was the overused aspect of display typefaces. The era before the Rococo and Baroque period seemed more organized in a way because new inventions were slowly becoming introduced and people had time to adapt to them, whereas later on in this era, a lot of new typefaces emerged and everyone had the urge to copy each other since there seemed to be no rules on copyright. As well, display typefaces emerged and complicated things even further because it looked like people were very overwhelmed with all the new technologies and how they could use it all effectively. Also, one of my favorite aspects of this era of typography was when modern typefaces such as Didot and Bodoni were introduced because I just love the extreme contrast between the thick and thins of the letters.

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