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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.

    Fonts and Typefaces Made Easy: How to choose and use (Made Easy (Art))

    By Andrea Pennoyer & David Woodward

    Flame Tree Publishing
    Paperback (256 pages)

    Fonts and Typefaces Made Easy: How to choose and use (Made Easy (Art))
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    Getting to grips with the fonts and typefaces is an essential path to successful design, whether your work is online, in print or just for fun. Typography subtly conveys meaning, complements or challenges, but with so many fonts and font styles to choose from it can be confusing to know where to start. This fantastic new book runs through the classes of type, with examples of individual fonts, extensive case studies, and shows you how to create the best designs, every time. Perfect for traditional and digital use.

    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.

    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.

    Graffiti Alphabets: Street Fonts from Around the World

    By Claudia Walde

    Thames & Hudson
    Hardcover (320 pages)

    Graffiti Alphabets: Street Fonts from Around the World
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    An international survey of graffiti and street art, and a unique typographical sourcebook as well.

    Classic graffiti lettering and experimental typographical forms lie at the heart of street culture and have long inspired designers in many different fields. But graffiti artists, who tend to paint the same letters of their tag again and again, rarely design complete alphabets.

    Claudia Walde spent over two years collecting alphabets by 154 artists from thirty countries to show the many different styles and approaches to lettering within the graffiti and street art cultures. All of the artists have roots in graffiti. Some are world renowned such as 123 Klan (Canada), Faith47 (South Africa), and Hera (Germany); others are lesser known or only now starting to emerge.

    Each artist received the same instructions: design all twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet within the limits of a single page of the book. How they approached this task and selected the media with which to express their ideas was entirely up to them, and the results encompass not just street art but sketches, sculpture, digital art, and photography. 500 color illustrations

    Essential Type: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Using Fonts

    By Tony Seddon

    Yale University Press
    Hardcover (192 pages)

    Essential Type: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Using Fonts
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    A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to fonts, essential for anyone who engages with type in their daily lives

    Have you ever wondered which typeface is used for airport signs? Or about the history behind the Times New Roman font? We are constantly engaging with type, yet many of us struggle to use it effectively or simply to understand the basics. This beautifully illustrated, easy to use companion is the perfect guide to everything typographic.
     
    Tony Seddon provides an essential lexicon that explains the history and functionality of 140 type terms and 20 unique typeface classifications. The book also features a timeline of typeface classification from the mid-15th century to the present day, and concludes with a chapter detailing over 40 important typeface families that reflect the history of typeface development and typographic style from the earliest days of movable type. 
     
    Essential Type will help to build your knowledge of type and typeface use with a clear and comprehensive “what is it” and “why use it” approach to the subject. Five chapters explore topics including the anatomy of type, glyphs, typeface classification, and typefaces ranging from serif to sans serif to script and display. The chapter on typefaces pays particular attention to highlighting key design features and, along with illuminating backstories and tips to aid identification, makes this book the perfect companion for all type enthusiasts and practitioners.  

    Type is Beautiful: The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts

    By Simon Loxley

    Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
    Hardcover (288 pages)

    Type is Beautiful: The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts
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    Fonts are everywhere. You may even have a favorite serif or sans serif. But have you ever wondered who took the bold steps to create it? Behind every great font is a great story, and, in this fascinating cultural history, graphic designer and design writer Simon Loxley covers more than five hundred years in the history of typography—from the oldest printed typeface used in the Gutenberg Bible right up to the present day.

    Type is Beautiful traces the history of fifty remarkable fonts. Thoroughly researched and visually exciting, it takes readers through the story of each font’s creation and distinct characteristics, as well as why it succeeded or failed. Some of the fonts were commissioned for major commercial or cultural projects. Edward Johnston’s iconic Johnston Sans, for instance, was created for the London Underground and remained there exclusively until a redesign in the 1980s. Other fonts became culturally significant unintentionally. The designer of the controversial Comic Sans created the typeface to fill the need for a font to fit the speech bubbles for a Microsoft program, never expecting it to become one of the world’s favorite—and most-maligned—fonts. Along the way, Loxley gives readers an unforgettable cast of characters, including Johannes Gutenberg, William Caslon, Nicolas Jenson, Stanley Morison, William Morris, and Thomas Cobden-Sanderson, the English artist and bookbinder who famously “bequeathed” the unique metal type created for his failed Doves Press to the Thames, casting the type into the river to prevent its future use.

    Brimming with fascinating facts, Type is Beautiful is a highly informative and entertaining trip through a lesser-known aspect of history that turns out to have major significance for print and design culture. From Blackletter to Baskerville and Bodoni, you will find yourself looking at fonts with a newfound appreciation.

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