A history of type
I thouroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing over the weekend. My favorite part was no doubt the display of oversized "movable type" - blocks of individual characters raising, lowering, waving, and patterning in an abstract display of printing with mechanical precision. All of this took place atop a severl hundred foot LED "scroll", and in the end, was of course human powered.
I couldn't find a video of the performance to share, but if you missed it, I highly recommend hunting down the segment on YouTube.