Perspective and Printing Press - The First Information Revolution

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


Graphic Representation


Representational Styles.

Development of perspective

Effects of perspective technique



Advent of movable type

Effects of printing

The modern printed word

The printed image

Full Circle

In pre-printing days, documents were suspect because handwritten documents were so easy to forge. Printing changed that; at least a forger would have to invest in a printing press or hire a printer (and thus leave witnesses.)

Computer technology has made forgery of documents and photographs easy. There is serious concern about how to maintain authenticity of documents (almost back to the pre-printing situation). Watermarks and holograms are a temporary solution, but will not stop people who are willing to spend the money and time to acquire forging technology.

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Created 27 Dec 1996
Last Update 20 May 1997

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