Print Punch: Artefacts From The Punch Card Computer Era.
Like type, data use to be tangible, have weight and physicality. The punch card, a seemingly unassuming piece of ephemera, was the carrier of information, which was housed in grids of 'punched absences and presences'. The primary method of storing data was... card, and it existed and persisted for almost 80 years.
Now obsolete, these objects gain value on the page as relics from the computer age, as the progeny of the CD-ROM, USB and now ubiquitous cloud. There is also beauty here, in the patterns of grids, the muted colour palettes, the typography and the tiny, squared paper voids.
This really is too good. For fans of the early era of computing, of disciplined and sober graphic design, and of esoteric ephemera.
Featuring over 200 punch cards, 150 archival images and essays by Steven E Jones, Sandra Rendgen and John L Walters.