Graphic Design in Context
In his foreword, Professor Meredith Davis writes ‘a change in how we teach typography is long overdue’: this book breaks new ground, approaching the ever-changing environment of contemporary typography through explanations of how and why typography works, or does not work, in a given context. Intended as a core text for typography courses, the book is very well illustrated and each chapter starts with a ‘primer’ by William Temple giving concise definitions of terms.
The Evolution of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Tony Seddon traces the development of type design and typographic style through a detailed survey of 100 important typefaces, from Nicholas Jenson’s early use of Roman letterforms in the mid 15th century to Selva, a blackletter typeface designed in 2012. For each design, Seddon describes its creator and its development, and provides examples of the typeface and a large, annotated illustration of a capital and a lower-case letter showing their distinctive typographical elements and innovations.
A Reference Manual of Techniques
Using explanatory text, step-by-step photographs and many classic and contemporary examples, this manual explains more than 80 processes for creating lettering and applying it to surfaces. The range is huge, including calligraphy, sandblasting, tattooing, braille, neon signage, road marking and engraving, even fireworks and lettering with plants. Design and architectural professionals will find this reference invaluable, and the interested amateur will find much to intrigue and instruct.