Anatomy of a typeface

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Godine, 1990 - Crafts & Hobbies - 428 pages
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To the Layman, all printing types look pretty much alike. But for typographers, designers, and graphic artists, the question of how letters are formed, how they have evolved, and how they should be used remains one of passionate concern. The exploration of letterforms, and their division into "families" or generic groupings, is at the heart of this comprehensive study. Alexander Lawson, who taught typography for thirty years at the Rochester Institute of Technology, explores the vast territory of types - their development and uses, their antecedents and offspring - with precision, insight, and clarity. Anatomy of a Typeface is the first masterpiece of its kind since Daniel Berkeley Updike published his magisterial Printing Types in 1922.

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User Review  - Donny Truong - Goodreads

Alexander Lawson's Anatomy of a Typeface is an informative study of the history of the classic types ranging from Goudy Text to Newsletter. Each typeface was designed to serve a particular purpose and Lawson explores the reasons behind it. It's on my re-read list. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

An excellent narrative on the development of several typefaces. Covers everything from the blackface of Gutenberg to sans-serif fonts. Is great for explaining the peculiarities of why some things are the way they are in the world of typesetting and very readable. Read full review


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