Six Meanings of »Trigger«

This year’s TYPO Berlin motto »trigger« is all about digital change—its challenges, and its requirements. For three days, visitors can enjoy talks and workshops that set new impulses and trigger inspiration and change. But there is more to the word than meets the eye. Here is a list of different meanings of the word trigger.

by Fabian Lempke

1. Trigger (Electronics)

A trigger is a circuit that releases an impulse or prompts a switching operation as the result of a certain event (e.g. the expiration of a predefined time-space). The so-called »Schmitt-Trigger« produces a signal if an electrical voltage crosses a given threshold.

2. Trigger (Psychology)

A trigger is a key stimulus that causes someone to relive past traumatic experiences. The term trigger warning originated on the internet and quickly spread to other areas. Trigger warnings indicate that a movie, game or other kind of work, contains themes that could act as a trauma trigger to some people.

This year’s motto of TYPO Berlin is »Trigger«

3. Trigger (Firearms)

Trigger describes the mechanism that actuates the firing sequence of a firearm, using a lever system. One of the most important rules of gun safety is known as trigger discipline. Handlers of firearms are taught to keep their finger off and away from the trigger until the muzzle is pointing at the target and the handler wishes to discharge the firearm.

4. Trigger (Band)

Trigger is a Serbian hard rock and heavy metal band that was formed in 2005. Since then the band has released one live, and three studio albums. In recent years they’ve started to write and release English songs—the latest single is called Pray.

5. Trigger (Novel)

The Trigger is a 1999 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael P. Kube-McDowell. The novel explores the social impact of technological change. What would be the implications of a device that can disrupt and disable guns, bombs and other weapons within its range?

6. Trigger (Horse)

Trigger starred in over 15 western films (between 1938 and 1952) alongside his owner, cowboy star, Roy Rogers. Over his lifetime he learned over 150 trick cues and even had a dedicated fan club. Trigger died on July 3, 1965 at the age of 30. His hoofprints can be seen on the pavement in front of TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.