CHANGE

From the clay tablets
of Mesopotamia, to the illuminated manuscripts of feudal Europe,

to the global reach of the Internet, written communication has earned
its place as mankind’s most important tool – the technology that makes all other technologies possible.

 

Because of its pivotal role, the organization, management and Our solutions
are designed to build upon the cumulative innovation and experience that
has gone before us.
sharing of information has been a defining feature of human progress. Each new advance in written communication has brought with it sweeping changes, not just in communication itself but
in the entire direction of
social development.

The transition from papyrus
scrolls to the codex, or book
form, in the first centuries C.E.
had a transformative effect on
archiving, indexing and the speed
with which information could be
accessed (above center).

Fiber optic cables permit
transmission of more than 1,000
times the volume of traditional
copper cables, over distances
100 times greater (above).

Although the forms of written communication have constantly evolved since its invention 6,000 years ago, the underlying goals and attributes that define its value have not changed.

The glyphs used by the Mayan civilization of Mesoamerica (left) were comprised of logograms and syllabic symbols that were molded in plaster, inscribed on wood and stone, or painted on ceramics and bark.

While this evolution has been defined by improvements in technology, those developments have in turn driven – and been driven by – even broader changes in politics, law, religion, art, language, social relationships and commerce. Like other markets, the creation and exchange of information is an equilibrium system in which even small changes have far-reaching consequences, to say nothing of the impact of such disruptive technologies as the printing press and the Internet.

 

At Uhlig, it is our goal to help write the next chapter in this powerful legacy of innovation. By understanding the 6,000 years of change that have gone before us, and employing the broadest range of technical and conceptual tools, we are working
to create new and even more
important hybrids of usefulness
and social value.

One of the earliest forms of
writing, cuneiform script, was
developed in Mesopotamia in
approximately 3100 B.C.E. and
was used for approximately three
millennia, during which the form
of its signs evolved considerably
(right).

Viewed as a watershed in
English scholarship and history,
Samuel Johnson's dictionary
was published in April 1755,
and reflected the need for
standardized grammar and
spelling as literacy and
publishing grew (below).

“Great works are accomplished not by strength but by perseverance.”

 

– Samuel Johnson

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