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NATIONAL PASTE UP DAY – May 7

 

National Paste-Up Day May 7

NATIONAL PASTE-UP DAY

National Paste Up Day is observed each year on May 7.  This day is about remembering those times before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when newspapers, magazines and catalogs were compiled by hand and those that worked so tediously in their positions.  Paste-up refers to a method of preparing and laying out pages of publication.  A paste-up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist or compositor.  Part of the daily duties of the paste-up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns.  The headline and other typographic elements were often created and supplied separately by the typesetter, leaving it to the paste-up artist to determine their final position on the page.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Word processing technology today seems to have eliminated the art of paste-up.  Bring back the art of paste-up using #NationalPasteUp and share your paste-up art on social media. 

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Paste-Up Day.

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