Anatomy of a Typeface



To The Layman, All Printing Types Look The Same But For Typographers, Graphic Artists And Others Of That Lunatic Fringe Who Believe That The Letters We Look At Daily And Take Entirely For Granted Are Of Profound Importance, The Question Of How Letters Are Formed, What Shape They Assume, And How They Have Evolved Remains One Of Passionate And Continuing Concern.Lawson Explores The Vast Territory Of Types, Their Development And Uses, Their Antecedents And Offspring, With Precision, Insight, And Clarity Written For The Layman But Containing Exhaustive Research, Drawings And Synopses Of Typefaces, This Book Is An Essential Addition To The Library Of Anyone S Typographic Library It Is, As Lawson States, Not Written For The Printer Convinced That There Are Already Too Many Typefaces, But Rather For That Curious Part Of The Population That Believes The Opposite That The Subtleties Of Refinement As Applies To Roman And Cursive Letters Have Yet To Be Fully Investigated And That The Production Of The Perfect Typeface Remains A Goal To Be As Much Desired By Present As By Future Type Designers Anyone Aspiring To Typographic Wisdom Should Own And Treasure This Classic.Anatomy of a Typeface

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Anatomy of a Typeface
  • Alexander S. Lawson
  • English
  • 20 June 2018
  • 0879233338

10 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Typeface

  1. says:

    I was hoping that this book would literally be an anatomy of a typeface a look at how the different parts of a typeface fit together to contribute to legibility, beauty, or some other desired characteristic This is actuallyof a roughly chronological history of typeface design It covers some of what I was looking for, but only in passing in discussing the merits or demerits of particular typefaces And it is unfortunately written for readers who already know quite a bit about printing a I was hoping that this book would literally be an anatomy of a typeface a look at how the different parts of a typeface fit together to contribute to legibility, beauty, or some other desired characteristic This is actuallyof a roughly chronological history of typeface design It covers some of what I was looking for, but only in passing i...

  2. says:

    There is so much information in this book With the better part of five centuries covered, from the scriptorium cursive of the earliest manuscripts to the black letter gothic of early printed books, to the explosion of typefaces from the roman face, everyone bringing their own subtle lines, looking for the perfect non invasive lettering that would allow readers to read without paying attention to the typography This sounds almost backward, perhaps, but it has always been very serious business There is so much information in this book With the better part of five centuries covered, from the scriptorium cursive of the earliest manuscripts to the black letter gothic of early printed books, to the explosion of typefaces from the roman face, everyone bringing their own subtle lines, looking for the perfect non invasive lettering that would all...

  3. says:

    There s a wealth of great information in here for anyone who s already interested in the topic, but the bulk of the writing is pretty dry it essentially reads like a textbook In fact, if you were to teach some kind of introductory History of Typefaces course and needed a textbook, this would be a fine choice Of course, it stops somewhere in the mid late 20th century It s so funny that this was published in my lifetime my copy says 1990 , yet feels like such a relic of a long gone era He There s a wealth of great information in here for anyone who s already interested in the topic, but the b...

  4. says:

    I have been reading about fonts lately In part, I was inspired to do so after seeing an article about the Barack Obama campaign s use of the typeface GOTHAM for its publicity There is also a new documentary out on Helvetica see segment on Youtube.Anyway, Alexander Lawson s book is a compendium of famous fonts, their origins and distinctive features Want to know what a kiss impression refers to Read on My favorite font is one called GALLIARD I have been reading about fonts lately In part, I was inspired to do so after seeing an article about the Barack Obama campaign s use of the typeface GOTHAM for its publicity There is also a new documentary out on Helvetica see segment on Youtube.Anyway, Alexander Lawson s book is a compendium of famous fonts, their origins and distinctive features Want to know what a kiss impression refers to Read on My favorite font is one called GALLIARD chapter 11 , a Ma...

  5. says:

    Very useful as regards what is included.But Illustrations are often placed too far from the text that refer to them.Naturally Lawson could not go into detail as to modern digital types Nevertheless, it would have been nice if he had done what was in fact possib...

  6. says:

    A very interesting read but frustratingly arranged The typeface samples are almost randomly placed throughout the text, not usually anywhere near where they are covered in the text sometimes not even in the chap...

  7. says:

    What I love about this book He links typefaces to book designers and book printers, so if you have access to a rare books collection through a University or rare books library, you can find examples of the typefaces...

  8. says:

    Just started this book It is fascinating to see what religious, aesthetic and economic factors were responsible for the evolution of the typefaces we are familiar with today From calligraphic illumination, to the first cut type used by Gutenberg, to electronic fonts.

  9. says:

    Alexander Lawson s Anatomy of a Typeface is an informative study of the history of the classic types ranging from Goudy Text to Newsletter Each typeface was designed to serve a particular purpose and Lawson explores the reasons behind it It s on my re read list.

  10. says:

    An excellent narrative on the development of several typefaces Covers everything from the blackface of Gutenberg to sans serif fonts Is great for explaining the peculiarities of why some things are the way they are in the world of typesetting and very readable.

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