About Susan Gast

About
Susan Gast

Since the early '80s, Susan has been involved in the graphic arts industry beginning in the printing field, including ad design and layout for newspapers, using the real cut and paste technique for galley-type and ad layout. Very time consuming!

Susan Gast

It All Started with a Weekly Shopper ...

It All Started with a
Weekly Shopper ...

Susan's first foray into graphic arts was working for a local "shopper" called "The Vero Beach Advertiser." It was a tabloid of about 24 or more pages, produced weekly, then bagged, and delivered every Wednesday morning to the readers in the surrounding neighborhoods.

She cut her teeth on Compugraphic Typesetting equipment and vertical cameras in a dark room environment for enlarging and reducing clipart.

Can you image how long all that took?

In the early '80s Susan typed her fingers off on the amazing Compugraphic EditWriter 7500 as shown in the photo above. She used the EditWriter extensively for flyers, brochures, business cards — you name it — at Morse Printing in Vero Beach. To the left of the machine, a drum rotated at high speed that held two font strips that had (type) width cards you inserted into slots directly below the monitor. This ensured the correct spacing between the letters and words.

X-ACTO knife and Pica Pole

When you'd finished typing and your work was saved to an 8" floppy disk, a strobe light flashed through the film strip that contained all the characters of the alphabet etc. onto photographic paper. The lower part of the blue box held 8" rolls of the photographic paper that was finally fed into a light-safe box, ready for you to take out and process. Talk about stinky chemicals.

After the processing and a water bath, the photographic paper was hung to dry. It was then run through a hot wax roller bath which coated one side (type-side up!) so you could literally "cut" and "paste",  making it ready for its final destination on your layout sheets with the aid of a light table and a T-square for a true horizontal line up!

Along the way, she became an expert user of an X-ACTO knife, pica pole, and the T-square which she still owns! She can honestly say she doesn't miss the days of melted wax and stinky photo-chemicals ...

When you'd finished typing and your work was saved to an 8" floppy disk, a strobe light flashed through the film strip that contained all the characters of the alphabet etc. onto photographic paper. The lower part of the blue box held 8" rolls of the photographic paper that was finally fed into a light-safe box, ready for you to take out and process. Talk about stinky chemicals.

After the processing and a water bath, the photographic paper was hung to dry. It was then run through a hot wax roller bath which coated one side (type-side up!) so you could literally "cut" and "paste",  making it ready for its final destination on your layout sheets with the aid of a light table and a T-square for a true horizontal line up!

X-ACTO knife and Pica Pole

Along the way, she became an expert user of an X-ACTO knife, pica pole, and the T-square which she still owns! She can honestly say she doesn't miss the days of melted wax and stinky photo-chemicals ...

The Sebastian Sun + Fifty-Plus Newspapers

The Sebastian Sun +
Fifty-Plus Newspapers

In the late '80s, Susan eventually headed up production for the Sebastian Sun newspaper. This is where she began using a Macintosh PC. It was a vast improvement over fiddling around with clipart and wax ... and strips of text!  The Mac screen was pretty small; constant scrolling was necessary to view different parts of an page, or even an ad for that matter! Funny how the screen seemed so tiny back then — it's funny to see how we're all going back to small screens with the advent of Smartphones ...

From the Sebastian Sun Susan changed jobs to become assistant Editor and Head of Production for Vero Beach's Fifty-Plus newspaper. This time, technology had gained ground — you could create a whole newspaper page on ONE screen and print it out at 1200 dpi!

On to Bigger and Better Monitors ...

On to Bigger and
Better Monitors ...

Today Susan's very spoiled. Not only have monitor sizes soared, but the quantity she uses to "get the work done" has also increased! Take a look at her workstation at home. Susan has another full PC station set-up on the left ... along with hidden printers, cables, modems, routers, microphones, and mice.

Susan Gast work station

Susan absolutely LOVES working on websites using the SBI page-building BB2 platform. Having multiple monitors helps immensely with viewing websites across different browsers to check for consistency on Chrome and Firefox and she takes time to make sure your site looks good on Smartphones too.


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