Typography Books

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  1. Bodoni - Manual of Typography

    Bodoni: Manual of Typography

    Official printer for the Duke of Parma, Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813) declared that well-designed type derived its beauty from four principles: uniformity of design, sharpness and neatness, good taste, and charm. In his Manuale tipografico, published posthumously in 1818, he distilled these principles into a comprehensive catalog of type and set the standard for printing the alphabet thereafter. TASCHEN's meticulous reprint of Bodoni's masterwork celebrates what was an unprecedented degree of technical refinement and visual elegance, as well as exploring the origins of the much-loved Bodoni typeface, still much deployed in both print and digital media. Like the original, the book features 142 sets of roman and italic typefaces, a wide selection of borders, ornaments, symbols, and flowers, as well as Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Phoenician, Armenian, Coptic, and Tibetan alphabets.

  2. The Geometry of Type - The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces

    The Geometry of Type: The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces

    The Geometry of Type explores 100 traditional and modern typefaces in detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. Characters from each typeface are enlarged and annotated to reveal key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design, which shows how these attributes affect mood and readability. Sidebar information lists the designer and foundry, the year of release and the different weights and styles available, while feature boxes explain the origins and best uses for each typeface, such as whether it is suitable for running text or as a display font for headlines.

  3. typography today

    typography today

    There are typographic works that outlive the times in which they were created. Some of these works have been brought together to form this book. "typography today" celebrates 20th century typography with contributions by John Cage, Wim Crouwel, Franco Grignani, Helmut Schmid, Kohei Sugiura and Wolfgang Weingart. The book also includes the essay "Typography as Communication and Form" by Emil Ruder.

  4. Nib Ink - The New Art of Modern Calligraphy

    Nib Ink: The New Art of Modern Calligraphy

    This beautiful and immersive guide is full of inspiration, shape and letter templates, modern calligraphy basics, creative prompts and exercises. Nib Ink also features a handful of simple projects -- from framed quotes and chalkboards to invitations and birthday cards -- complete with plenty of space to practise that will encourage you to discover new, more interesting, more creative, and surprising ways to perk up your correspondence, add a flourish to your stationery and refresh your handwriting.

  5. Type Hybrid - Typography in Multilingual Design

    Type Hybrid: Typography in Multilingual Design

    Increasingly globalised, the world is looking for a new-era language that can unite and identify with multiple cultures at once. The book begins with a collection of 120 logotypes that feature synchronised multilingual details within a compact design. The showcase then expands to probe into 100 visual communication solutions. From corporate branding to event communications and packaging designs, each project demonstrates how designers from different parts of the world draw an international crowd with a hybrid language that stays sensitive to the complexities of local culture.

  6. Jost Hochuli - Detail In Typography

    Jost Hochuli: Detail In Typography

    Jost Hochulis concise guide to micro-typography considers everything that can happen within a column of text. Detail in Typography discusses in simple steps the factors that make text easy to read and good to look at. It provides, in its own form and manufacture, a demonstration of how books can be made.

  7. Typography 36

    Typography 36

    Typography 36 is the TDC s newest annual volume devoted exclusively to typography; the book presents the finest work in this field from 2014. Selected from more than 2,000 international submissions to the sixtieth Type Directors Club competition, the 271 winning designs are models of excellence and institution in contemporary type design.

  8. New Perspectives in Typography

    New Perspectives in Typography

    This A to Z survey of typographic design by leading typographers A2/SW/HK showcases over 100 carefully selected contemporary designers, including the best examples of their current work. Featured designers include M/M (Paris), David Pearson, Philippe Apeloig, Anthony Burrill, Marion Deuchars, and Non Format, among others.

  9. Communication Arts 2016 Typography Annual 6

    Communication Arts 2016 Typography Annual 6

    Features the award-winning projects from Communication Arts' 6th Annual Typography Competition, plus in-depth profiles of Montréal illustrator Sophie Casson, New Zealand interactive agency Assembly, impactful ad agency Sukle Advertising & Design, Southern California photographer Dana Neibert, and packaging design firm Stranger & Stranger.

  10. Why Fonts Matter

    Why Fonts Matter

    This book opens up the science and the art behind how fonts influence you. It explains why certain fonts or styles evoke particular experiences and associations. Fonts have different personalities that can create trust, mistrust, give you confidence, make things seem easier to do or make a product taste better. They're hidden in plain sight, they trigger memories, associations and multisensory experiences in your imagination.

  11. Culture Typography - How Culture Affects Typography

    Culture Typography: How Culture Affects Typography

    Culture+Typography features examples of typography in culture, along with cultural and historical commentary, and with information on how design choices can be informed by the language of the cultural surroundings.

  12. Drop Caps - 100 Postcards

    Drop Caps: 100 Postcards

    An A to Z of good design, this alphabetically oriented set of 100 postcards features the best hand-drawn letters from Daily Drop Cap, Jessica Hische's popular typography website. Bright colors and highly illustrative letters make a uniquely personal impression in the mail or on display as miniature monograms.

  13. The Evolution of Type - A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces

    The Evolution of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces

    The Evolution of Type takes the reader on a journey through the development of type design and typographic style from the mid-15th century to the present day, by way of 100 typefaces. Chosen to represent the key elements of style and form used by the punch cutters, calligraphers and designers of their day, and presented in chronological order according to release date, each typeface is discussed in terms of its origins and its impact on the design and print industry, and latterly the additional considerations for screen use.

  14. 100 New York Calligraphers

    100 New York Calligraphers

    Encompassing a wide range of calligraphy in many languages and hands, or styles, this book presents a visual treasury of works by 100 contemporary scribes, all of whom were either born in New York or studied or worked in the city. From English and its related Romance languages to a wide range of Asian and Middle Eastern alphabets and nonalphabetic characters, the more than 550 examples of beautiful writing create a rich visual smorgasbord.

  15. The Triumph of Typography

    The Triumph of Typography

    Typography rules the world, but in what way does a typographical text still form the fundamentals of public life in an era of digitalizm and interactivity? In The Triumph of Typography a number of professionals investigate the cultural revolution caused by new media and digitization.

  16. Lessons in Typography

    Lessons in Typography

    In Lessons in Typography, you'll learn the basics of identifying, choosing, and using typefaces and immediately put that knowledge to work through a collection of exercises designed to deepen and expand your typographic skills.

  17. Temporal Typography

    Temporal Typography

    Within the field of typography, letterforms typically embody either static or kinetic forms. However there is another category of typography that escapes the purely static or purely kinetic. This is temporal typography. Unlike static typography, these forms are not bound by one iteration within a singular viewing experience. Similar to kinetic type, temporal typography carries the stamp of time but is not relegated movement or time-based media. Temporal letterforms have the ability to manifest themselves in both static and kinetic ways, as well as physical and digital ways, and therefore cannot be evaluated by the same functional factors of traditional typography: legibility and readability.

  18. Letter Fountain

    Letter Fountain

    Letter Fountain features over 150 typefaces, a detailed examination of the form and anatomy of every letter of the alphabet, full page tables of font scale, weight, and useful alternatives, and a manual for developing digital fonts.

  19. Graphique de la Rue - The Signs of Paris

    Graphique de la Rue: The Signs of Paris

    The gorgeous follow up to Grafica della Strata: The Signs of Italy, this book features 40 years of Fili's photographs of Paris restaurant, street, hotel, and shop signs. Classic neon café signs are juxtaposed with the dramatic facades of the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère. Colorful mosaics cheerfully announce hotel entrances, department stores, fishmongers, even public toilets. Hector Guimard's legendary entrances to the Paris Métro stations brush elbows with graceful gold-leaf and dimensional Art Deco, Futurist, or Art Nouveau architectural lettering, as well as whimsical pictorial signs.

  20. Grafica della Strada - The Signs of Italy

    Grafica della Strada: The Signs of Italy

    For more than three decades, renowned graphic designer and self-described Italophile Louise Fili has traveled the cities and countryside of Italy cataloging the work of sign craftsmen in whose hands type takes on new life with a tantalizing menu of styles. Classical, eclectic, or Futurist; in gold leaf, marble, brass, wood, wrought iron, enamel, ceramic, or neon; painted, carved, inlaid, etched, tiled, or stenciled - the creative possibilities are endless. Grafica della Strada is Fili's photographic diary of hundreds of Italy's most inventive restaurant, shop, hotel, street, and advertising signs.

  21. Type Spaces - Typography in a Three-Dimensional Space

    Type Spaces: Typography in a Three-Dimensional Space

    Type Spaces explores the new meanings that become apparent in text when we can touch it or otherwise inhabit it - as image, form and language converge. It turns out that we have fascinating encounters with typography as it enters three-dimensional space, interacting in ways that go beyond the boundaries of what the page or screen allows. Type Spaces puts forward the best examples of these experiences by gathering examples of typographic hybrids in architecture, interiors, furniture, jewellery and other objects.

  22. Transforming Type - New Directions in Kinetic Typography

    Transforming Type: New Directions in Kinetic Typography

    Transforming Type examines kinetic or moving type in a range of fields including film credits, television idents, interactive poetry and motion graphics. As the screen increasingly imitates the properties of real-life environments, typographic sequences are able to present letters that are active and reactive. These environments invite new discussions about the difference between motion and change, global and local transformation, and the relationship between word and image.

  23. Custom Lettering of the 60s

    Custom Lettering of the 60s

    Custom Lettering of the 60s & 70s is a celebration of the beautiful and stylistically diverse hand-drawn lettering that was a unique feature of headline type before the advent of Letraset and the computer. Custom lettering gave designers' imaginations full rein to develop individualistic solutions unconstrained by typographic practicalities.

  24. Custom Lettering of the 40s

    Custom Lettering of the 40s

    Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s is a celebration of the stunning and stylistically varied headline lettering that predated modern computer type. Each a unique one-off, custom hand-drawn lettering had a stylistic freedom and creative energy unfettered by traditional typographic rules and regulations. This unique publication collects over 4,500 examples of custom lettering - from urgent rough block capitals to sophisticated looping copperplate scripts, elegant fashion brush scripts and dynamic illustrative sans serifs, the extraordinary range of graphic styles is as exciting as it is stylistically diverse.

  25. Erik Spiekermann - Typographer, Designer, Entrepreneur

    Erik Spiekermann: Typographer, Designer, Entrepreneur

    Erik Spiekermann is the epitome of a typographer. With his typefaces, commercial projects, and enterprises, he has shaped the world of graphic design like no other. Hello, I am Erik showcases his body of work and tell the story of his life.

  26. Detail in Typography

    Detail in Typography

    An attractive, interesting layout can certainly attract and please the reader; but when the details are not good, reading requires more effort and any pleasure is shortlived. Detail in Typography is a concise and close-up view of the subject. It considers all the elements that constitute a column of text letters, words, the line, and the space around these elements - and it discusses what is essential for the legibility of text.

  27. Creative Lettering and Beyond

    Creative Lettering and Beyond

    Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of several professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience.

  28. Graphic Digits

    Graphic Digits

    Graphic Digits is a groundbreaking review focusing on numeral designs and applications. From handicrafts to vector configurations, this title examines the artistic possibilities of customising rational and random numeral combinations in graphic identities, packaging, celebrations and marketing campaigns.

  29. Typographic Universe

    Typographic Universe

    Unlike most books on typography that present the "best" and most refined examples, the object of this inspiring sourcebook is to reveal the "lost" or "unseen" typographies in nature and our cities. From machine-made and sculptural forms to flora and fauna, from the fading ghost types on buildings dating to a pre-digital age to the subterranean forms found beneath our urban centers, and from crowd-sourced creations to the popular vernacular, there is a universe of letterforms all around us.