Typographic design: form and communication

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Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985 - Design - 262 pages
"An in-depth survey of the design process ... included are ... case studies of recent projects by prominent designers, discussion of the impact of advanced technology upon design, a carefully illustrated survey of legibility research, and hundreds of type specimens ... richly illustrated with 446 figures, diagrams, and ... examples of typographic design"--Back cover.

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Educated at the University of Utah and the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, Rob Carter conducts research in computer-assisted design and teaches typography, graphic design, and computer graphics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia. With the help of authors Ben Day and Philip Meggs, Carter wrote the book Typographic Design: Form and Communication, a richly illustrated source of information and ideas. Carter has also written the books Working with Computer Type: Color & Type, Experimental Typography; and Working with Computer Type 2: Logo Types, Stationery Systems, Visual Identity. Carter's graphic designs have been exhibited by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York Art Director's Club, Society of Typographic Arts, Graphis Annual, Creativity, and the New York Type Director's Club.

The late PHILIP B. MEGGS was a designer, educator, and author. He was School of the Arts Research Professor, Communication Arts and Design Department, at Virginia Commonwealth University; visiting faculty at Syracuse University and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland; and contributing editor to "Print" magazine. He authored more than a dozen books and 150 articles and papers on design and typography, including a section on graphic design in "Encyclopedia Britannica," He was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame and received its Educator's Award for lifetime achievement and significantly shaping the future of the fields of graphic design education and writing.

ALSTON W. PURVIS is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Boston University. During his career, he has worked as an instructor at The Cooper Union and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague. His photographs have been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, New York, and Paris. He is the author of Dutch Graphic Design, 1918-1945 (Wiley) and H. N. Werkman; and coauthor of Graphic Design 20th Century; A Century of Posters; and Wendingen: A Journal of Arts 1918-1932.

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