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    Fonts Books

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    Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

    By Simon Garfield

    Gotham Books
    Released: 2012-09-04
    Paperback (384 pages)

    Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
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    A delightfully inquisitive tour that explores the rich history and the subtle powers of fonts.

    Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do fonts come from and why do we need so many? Who is behind the businesslike subtlety of Times New Roman, the cool detachment of Arial, or the maddening lightness of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? Simon Garfield embarks on a mission to answer these questions and more, and reveal what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world.

    Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago, when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Garfield unravels our age old obsession with the way our words look. Just My Type investigates a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seemingly ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and what makes a font look presidential, male or female, American, British, German, or Jewish. From the typeface of Beatlemania to the graphic vision of the Obama campaign, fonts can signal a musical revolution or the rise of an American president. This book is a must-read for the design conscious that will forever change the way you look at the printed word.

    Script and Cursive Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)

    By Dan X. Solo

    Dover Publications
    Released: 1987-03-01
    Paperback (112 pages)

    Script and Cursive Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
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    This treasury of script and cursive fonts offers graphic artists and designers a broad range of type styles that richly convey the elegant intricacies of hand lettering.
    Here, in one compact, inexpensive volume compiled by a leading authority on typography are type designs capable of producing a multitude of special effects. Leaf through and you will quickly discover the eye-catching appeal of each typeface: the flowing elegance of Liberty; the sturdy formality of Piranesi Bold Italic; the airy, Art Deco flair of Hannover; the monogram-like quality of Juliet; the dazzle of Boulevard Script; the classical appeal of Virginia Antique. These beautiful designs, and scores more, are reproduced in complete uppercase alphabets. Ninety-two of them include lowercase alphabets as well, and eighty-nine include numerals.
    In all, Script and Cursive Alphabets is an invaluable resource of typefaces that will lend a distinctive character and mood to your message. Here in this rich collection of fonts, from Back Script and Virtuoso Bold to Khayyam and Poppl Exquisit, you'll find the letter-perfect way to say it.

    Why Fonts Matter

    By Sarah Hyndman

    Gingko Press Inc.
    Paperback (144 pages)

    Why Fonts Matter
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    Take a look at the experiences and associations type evokes. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust or mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. Understand the science behind how fonts influence what you read. They are hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multi-sensory experiences in your imagination. You may not believe it, but fonts can change the meanings of words right before your very eyes, alter the taste of your food, evoke emotional responses and reveal their users' personalities. Graphic designer Sarah Hyndman specializes in exploring how fonts influence us as type consumers; Why Fonts Matter synthesizes Hyndman's 20 years of experience as graphic designer with her typographic research and the findings of experimental psychologists and neuroscientists.

    1000 Fonts

    By Keith Martin & Graham Davis

    Brand: Chronicle Books
    Paperback (512 pages)

    1000 Fonts
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    Finding the perfect font is tricky, and in an increasingly digital age, the options seem endless. This handy volume takes the mystery out of font selection by displaying the entire alphabet and numerals for 1000 unique typefaces, making it easy for designers—or anyone who works with type—to find the perfect face for any job. An easy-to-understand icon system organizes hundreds of fonts, making searching and cross-referencing easy. And, an additional feature, color photos offer real-world examples of many of the fonts in action, showing how they translate from screen to final layout. Accessible and thorough, 1000 Fonts is an indispensable tool for novice and expert designers alike.

    Script Fonts

    By Geum-Hee Hong

    Laurence King Publishing
    Released: 2016-05-10
    Hardcover (496 pages)

    Script Fonts
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    Fonts based on handwritten scripts are some of the bestselling typefaces of the font foundries. They bring personality and authenticity to graphic design – whether on business cards and flyers, or in packaging and advertising.

    Script Fonts is a visual encyclopedia of over 300 fonts that includes complete alphabets and numerals for each font and a piece of sample text that shows how each typeface works in the context of a paragraph. It is richly illustrated with over 100 examples of the typefaces as used in manuscripts, on posters, in advertising and other graphic design. The book includes elegant Italian and French cursive scripts, English script fonts, expressive marker fonts, brush and swash fonts, deko and freestyle fonts – all illustrated with historical and contemporary examples.

    The accompanying CD includes 122 free fonts.

    Gothic and Old English Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)

    By Dan X. Solo

    Dover Publications
    Released: 1984-07-01
    Paperback (112 pages)

    Gothic and Old English Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
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    Gothic or black-letter script, practiced by many medieval scribes, was a principal model for printer's type when printing was first invented. Characteristic thick strokes and stress on points and angles give the style a power and dignity that transcends the temporal.
    Noted typographer and printing historian Dan X. Solo presents an impressive collection of 100 complete fonts of Old English and Gothic typefaces, derived from the immensely influential black-letter style. Choose from such classic type styles as: Abbey English, Alte Schwabacher, Blackstone, Caxton Initials, Dolbey, Engraver's Old English, Germania, Goudy Medieval, Lautenbach Initials, Munich Fraktur, Old Gothic Initials, Trump Deutsch, and 88 others.
    Almost all fonts include complete upper- and lower-case alphabets — many feature numerals and various punctuation marks. Attractive, versatile, and copyright-free, these alphabets are ready for immediate use on stationery, newsletters, posters, signs, greeting cards, and more. In fact, the high cost of setting specialty typefaces ensures that just a one-time use of material in this book will more than repay the cost of the entire volume.
    Graphic artists, illustrators, and designers will want to own this money-saving archive of elegant, ready-to-use Old English and Gothic fonts — unsurpassed for forceful, eye-catching appeal.

    Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own

    By Tony Seddon

    Princeton Architectural Press
    Released: 2013-04-09
    Paperback (160 pages)

    Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own
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    There are many ways to make your writing feel more personal, but none carries the charge of using a custom-drawn font. Draw Your Own Alphabets is a fun, hands-on workbook that teaches how to create funky hand-lettered fonts sure to jump off the page, poster, or screen. Presenting thirty complete alphabets, custom-drawn in a variety of styles by various young designers and illustrators, this do-it-yourself guide demonstrates how to adapt the letters and make them your own. Whether you dip in and out of your favorite lettering styles, or work through the book practicing various alphabets, you'll be creating your own fonts in no time. A technical section shows how to put your hand-drawn creations to practice—from transferring letters to a computer and using them online to mixing and matching different alphabets.

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