Monotype Factory {photo}


More about this building at 24th & Locust {design traveler}:

In 1887 Tolbert Lanston designed the Monotype prototype which required two pieces of equipment, a keyboard and a metal typecaster. The process began with an operator typing the text using a keyboard of 276 keys, the amount required to cover all of a font variants such as italic, bold, etc.  Each key strike triggered a number of holes punched along the length of a 4-inch wide paper ribbon. The typecasting machine used the perforated ribbon to dictate the specific order in which individual metal letters were cast from a brass a matrix.

Friday Link List

1. Speak Up! Advertisers Want You To Talk With New Apps {npr}.

This ain’t creepy…

When I opened it, the app asked me a question: What’s your favorite type of liquor? That’s a little forward, but it’s Esquire so I played along and told the app that I’m more of a beer drinker…

Before I knew it, I found myself engrossed in a chat about booze. I was talking to recordings of Wondrich, and he, or really the app, was listening to what I said and answering me back.

2. The Empty Air: mobile app offers sound tour through Rittenhouse Square {technically philly}.

This seems neat but I may be too self conscious to actually give it a whirl.

Called “The Empty Air” and successfully crowdfunded last fall, the app uses GPS to control what you hear as you walk through the park. Kiley created the original musical piece using sounds he recorded in the park.

3. Vast ‘Digital Public Library Of America’ Opens Today {npr}.

The Digital Public Library of America, intended to provide free open access to materials from libraries, museums, universities and archives across the country, launches at noon ET on Thursday… Robert Darnton, Harvard University librarian and history professor, writes in The New York Review of Books that “at first, the DPLA’s offering will be limited to a rich variety of collections — books, manuscripts, and works of art — that have already been digitized in cultural institutions throughout the country. Around this core it will grow, gradually accumulating material of all kinds until it will function as a national digital library.”