Andrew Boag

Monotype and phototypesetting

Andrew Boag will briefly discuss the major differences between first, second, third, and fourth generation phototypesetting machines. He will discuss key Monotype developments over the period from the 1950s to the mid 1970s, and suggest that these were largely reactions to other industry developments. He will discuss the arguments used by Monotype for their adherence to the mechanical systems employed in their first-generation machines released between 1955 and 1969: the ‘Monophoto’. Andrew will also discuss Monotype's release of the Lasercomp in 1976, why it was a revolutionary machine, and why Monotype failed to monopolize on it's superiority.

Since 1993 Andrew Boag has practised as a self-employed typographer, type consultant, and teacher. His practise (Typographic problem solving) is currently expanding into central London. He specializes in the design of complex documentation and communication problem solving, and he is also the sole UK agent for the Enschedé Font Foundry. His clients include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Andrew lectures on the MA Typo/graphic Studies course at the London College of Printing. In April 1998 he was awarded a contract as typographic and information design consultant to the Royal Mail.

Andrew Boag graduated in Typography & Graphic Communication (The University of Reading, UK) in 1985, then was employed as a lecturer in the same department until 1990 and from 1990 to 1993 he was Special Projects Manager at Monotype Typography Ltd.

He has given papers at Monotype Conferences, at the Information Design Conference, as visiting lecturer at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, at The University of Michigan, and at Rochester Institute of Technology. He managed the programme for the annual conference of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) held in Reading in 1997. He is a board member of ATypI and a member of the Double Crown Club.

Andrew has written for Graphics World magazine, Print, Designing, Image Reports, Typography Papers, edited an issue of Typographic (the journal of the Society of Typographic Designers), and he edited the Bulletin of the Printing Historical Society from 1994 to 1996