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I was gonna ask how he gets everything registered, but then, uhm, nevermind ...
posted by Benny Andajetz at 2:40 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


Registration is for the anal-retentive. Or those who correct their myopia.

Also, I don't appreciate the post title. I just want to forget all about it.
posted by GuyZero at 2:45 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


The print designer in me is screaming.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:53 PM on January 31, 2011


The print-house employee in me was screaming, but for some reason it shut up and really enjoyed the sample pages.
posted by lekvar at 3:02 PM on January 31, 2011


Do I need those blue and red classes to see the pop-out effects?
posted by reformedjerk at 3:02 PM on January 31, 2011


A Laser printer from 1969?
A Inkjet printer from 1976?

Neither of those dates seem like they could be possible.
posted by ged at 3:09 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


A Laser printer from 1969?
A Inkjet printer from 1976?


From when the basic technology was developed, not from when that model of printer was sold, I'm guessing.
posted by mrbill at 3:13 PM on January 31, 2011 [1 favorite]




This is very art school.
posted by device55 at 3:16 PM on January 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


From when the basic technology was developed, not from when that model of printer was sold, I'm guessing.

Yeah. In the barely readable image of text at the end, the artist talks about laser printers being a "digital improvement of the photocopier... produced in 1969." And later, "The first inkjet printer was produced in 1976, but it didn't reach home consumers until 1984..."
posted by thinman at 3:18 PM on January 31, 2011


I think Kinkos uses this setup.
posted by mazola at 3:20 PM on January 31, 2011 [4 favorites]


The most impressive thing about this art installation is that the laser printer from 1969 is about the same size as the ones we have today. That blew me away.
posted by jnnla at 3:25 PM on January 31, 2011


The screen printer in me just wants to apply some of that old-timey micro, with my registration hammer.
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:55 PM on January 31, 2011


No dot matrix ? ce n'est pas art !
posted by lobstah at 4:28 PM on January 31, 2011


I have an old Soviet era art book the looks just like that... somewhere around here.
posted by R. Mutt at 4:39 PM on January 31, 2011


jnnla, those last two printers are late-80s at the absolute earliest. Probably newer.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 4:39 PM on January 31, 2011


Product is dead! Long live Process!
posted by squalor at 4:45 PM on January 31, 2011 [4 favorites]


I enjoy this because it includes those old-school duplicators that are mostly forgotten now, or at least obscure. It's a clever concept; I'd probably have gone for a simpler print result, but I get it.
posted by dreamyshade at 5:28 PM on January 31, 2011


This is awesome.

People came up with the coolest ways of reproducing documents before we had digital technology.
posted by spitefulcrow at 6:40 PM on January 31, 2011


I want to PROVE I have four colors, so I print them all in different places...
posted by cccorlew at 6:47 PM on January 31, 2011


Good timing to see this post. My department just started using our brand-spanking new digital duplicator this afternoon, the Risograph. Cousin of the mimeograph.

I absolutely love these printer hacks that he's done.

Reminds me of the inkjet printer slide guitar I saw while visiting a design school in Holland last spring. Instead of the ink cartridges, a guitar slide, and where the paper goes, a guitar. Neat!

Long live print and tinkerers.
posted by Sreiny at 7:52 PM on January 31, 2011


Hmmm - haven't printers spent the last 500 years trying to get away from blurry, out-of-register prints?
posted by Alles at 8:28 PM on January 31, 2011


Hmmm - haven't printers spent the last 500 years trying to get away from blurry, out-of-register prints?

Yes, and they have mastered it, now let's have some fun!
posted by Sreiny at 9:23 PM on January 31, 2011


Good, but would be better with sounds and odours.
posted by hawthorne at 3:58 AM on February 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


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