Typology: Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Digital Age

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Chronicle Books, Jun 1, 1999 - Design - 196 pages
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A must-have for designers, not to mention that quirky group in love with type for types sake (you know who you are), Typology is the most visually dynamic compendium of typefaces on the market. Steven Heller and Louise Fili, two of the most admired and respected designers working today, cover everything from the classic elegance of the late 19th century to the fractured hypermedia of today. Organized by historical era and country of origin, each section introduces the culture and aesthetic of the period, discusses how individual styles developed, and offers insights into the artistry of key typographers and foundries. Expertly assembled and thoughtfully written, no other book encompasses this wealth of type styles in historical context. Its pages are profusely illustrated with hundreds of complete alphabets, and such original artifacts as typesheets, catalogs, broadsides, posters, and many other primary source examples. In all, Typology is the long-awaited type encyclopedia destined to be a standard reference work for years to come.
  

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Heller, the New York Times's senior art director, and Fili, an independent designer, have authored an attractive but hard-to-categorize guide to type. One finds brief (approximately 300-word) overview ... Read full review

Contents

PREMDDERN18
17
A R I T R O R I I II
60
HVRNTERRDE MODERN
68
COMMEDCIAL
96
ENGLAND
156
PSYCHEDELIA
162
UNITED STATES NEW CLASSICISM
184
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About the author (1999)

Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Review. He is the author of over ninety books on graphic design, popular art, and satiric art. He lives in New York City.

Louise Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd., and the recipient of numerous design awards. She lives in New York City.

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