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Pliegos Chapbooks

A pliego was the earliest known European printed book format. The first pliego created was the Sibyllenbuch, and is believed to have been printed by Gutenberg in 1452 before the Gutenberg Bible. The project idea has to do with the uncovering of an old suitcase that had been abandoned in a family garage. Inside was a collection of nearly 200 Catalan pliegos dating between 1910 and 1915 that were produced by a publishing company, Patufet, led by Josep M Folch i Torres. We are currently developing the PliegO-Maker. Once a user has submitted a short text or a pre-formatted PDF, it can be automatically paged and outlined as a ready-to-print micro-book on two sides of the same paper to be folded, cut, and read. Several sources feed our PliegO-Maker tool development, such as The New Art of Making Books manifesto, which is a new algorithm provider. Hacking a book is about prose and poetry, the space, language, and structures. Examples are the historical canons of page construction, like Van De Graaf, Villard de Honnecourt, and other golden ratio page layout; the typographic modulus playing as a classical lead composer, or with dynamical variable fonts; the ISO pdfX-5 specific page imposing strategy via Reference XObject; the source text & image connections via MediaWiki, and the web page capture, via experimental Firefox Addon. Here is the web demo module that we hope will grow.


David Gómez-Fontanills


Marcantoni Malagarriga-Picas

Marcantoni Malagarriga-Picas has been a software developer since 1987. Specializing in PostScript and PDF technologies, Malagarriga-Picas has worked in different aspects of graphic and page description languages that can be applied to the documental and printing industry. Malagarriga-Picas strictly focuses on text and typography thematics. Malagarriga-Picas is a collaborator of the teixidora.net team and the University of Barcelona typography research