Over the last 30 years. desktop publishing has revolutionised the way the graphic design industry works. Looking at the typical workspace of a graphic designer today we notice that it is a virtual one. Almost everything is done digitally. This transformation of the workspace indicates a shift in the profession from the figure of a craftsperson to that of a creative technical expert, from the skilled maker to the digital thinker.
The exhibition, Cold Type: The Years of Paste-Up Graphics, explored the graphic design production of the 1960s through to the 1980s—showcasing a collection of cold type tools used by the graphic artist to produce print-ready solutions. It focused on previous techniques and forms used in print design, looking at innovative tools that pushed the field of graphic design in new directions and helped shape current tools that are ubiquitous today in the form of software. The objects exhibited, examined the craftsmanship and innovation of the trade, showing the original objects that we now only tend to see represented virtually, on a digital desktop.