'20th-Century type' provides a decade-by-decade analysis of the significant issues that have shaped the history of typographic and, latterly, graphic design. The book shows how current typographic trends are part of a continuum of change that can be plott
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I've seen this on a lot of designer's shelves and desks. Not only does it have a fantastic selection of the best work over the century, but Angus Hyland's thoughtful layout is worth studying a little in itself. I also enjoyed how Blackwell had added some original commissioned pieces of typo-commentary by interesting designers - a kind of meta-history. One of the most well-researched and readable of typographic, and indeed design, histories.