A lot of old ways of doing things are slowly disappearing. Eventually, most will cease to exist. Examples: Film cameras, Airbrush, many art forms and letterpress. The things you can do with a computer today that can replace all of these things is incredible. But you aren’t really ‘connected’ with what you’re doing. You can’t feel the ink on your fingers or feel the wood blocks with all their notches and imperfections. Computers are turning many art forms into impersonal things that can be created by virtually anyone. Where is art going? What happened to picking up a real pencil and drawing on paper as opposed to a tablet?
Don’t get me wrong, I love computers and do a lot of design work on them. But it makes me quite sad that all these art forms are becoming obsolete. Here is a wonderful video showcasing the finer details of a letterpress process. Enjoy!