1994 Paul Brainerd

Pioneer of Desktop Publishing Technology / Seattle, USA

The typographer Paul Brainerd, born in 1947, is the first-born American in the gallery of the Gutenberg Prize winners. The journalist and editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Daily developed a groundbreaking invention: a new generation of page layout software. Just like Gutenberg, he "broke the rules" and, through "his lateral thinking" (Hans Georg Wenke in his eulogy), developed the rule changes made possible by DTP. According to Hans Georg Wenke, the development followed the tradition established by Gutenberg. In 1994, Paul Brainerd received the Gutenberg Prize from the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society for his pioneering of desktop publishing technology.