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Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms [Paperback]

Alex Fowkes
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1 April 2014

Part inspiration and part workbook, the images of hand-drawn type will inspire and excite any designer to draw and explore type. Drawing Type features real-world projects and sketchbooks of well-known type designers, including interviews about their processes.
Playful, hand-drawn type can easily be used in a range of disciplines within design and illustration such as packaging, editorial, posters, advertising, online graphics, and signage, and the hand-made aesthetic is more prevalent now than ever.

Alex Fowkes will help you to create custom lettering that clients seek for their projects. Alex walks you through the steps to drawing serifs, san serifs, scripts, etc. With ample space on the pages for designers to mimic and draw their own typefaces, this book is perfect for learning at home or in a classroom that you can refer to again and again!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538980
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 20.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALEX FOWKES is a freelance designer based in London, UK. While working full time Alex completed lots of typography based briefs in his spare time, from personal pieces to commissions and album covers. His work varies from hand drawn type to digital typography but always tries to retain a human element to his work. The Sony Timeline is the biggest typographical piece he has undertaken taking almost 150 square meteres, taking over 2 months just to design.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for inspiration and reference 6 Sep 2014
Author and designer Alex Fowkes said that this book was created out of a love for playful typography. Indeed. Many of the examples showcased present playful ways in which you can reimagine typography, and use them in exciting and fun manners.

The book covers four different styles of typographic work, namely hand rendered, vintage, playful and contemporary. The work featured clearly are curated for their beauty.

The first section on hand rendered typography looks at the creative lettering and type designers. A total of 72 are featured. They talk about their inspiration and process, and also specifically at selected pieces of their work.

The examples are beautiful, and it's not just typography but there are also other design elements at work to make the whole illustration work. There's a good variety of refreshing styles to check out. As such, it serves as a good reference, a book you'll want to browse through when facing a creative block.

The first section has 170 pages, and the book has 208 pages.

The second section is a workshop on type basics. It talks about the construction of a type. Using existing typefaces, you're invited to create your own range of type-based work. There are perforated pages with specimen sheets containing all the alphabets in different styles. These sheets are used for reference so you can trace over them and modify from there. The sheets have four sans serif, four serif, four script and four display type.

Drawing Type is a good resource for graphic and type designers. It's not so much a technical book on creating type, although you're introduced and invited to experiment with the selected reference typefaces that are picked out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for inspiration and learning 15 April 2014
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A well produced and illustrated book, giving a great insight into the world of type. I was looking for a book to inspire me to start creating my own hand drawn fonts.

This book is perfect for what I need. It has a section which is just aimed to inspire. The second part of the book is a tutorial in creating and understanding type, with a selection of type sheets for you to trace to learn the basic. but, as stated throughout the book, Alex Fowkes wants you find your own path into the world of illustrating type, not just copy whats already been done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 25 May 2014
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As someone who struggles with type, I found this book to be a great resource, in addition to being really inspiring. At the back of the book, there are also some activities and pull out font pages for you to trace and experiment with. These are not only alot of fun, but they also give the reader things to consider when drawing types and fonts.
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Great book for looking for artist references and it tells you at the back how you can achieve the same effect! It even provides specimen sheets so you can get practising your typography right away!
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This book is really just a coffee table book showcasing lots of designers/artist work under the guise of "inspiration". Literally 90% of book is just that, spread after spread of various peoples work with a little interview or a few paragraphs about what they say they're all about, ie self justifications for their vanity, you know the usual pretentious nonsense that "artist" spew out. If youre a graphic designer and went to college/uni to study, the stuff they teach in this book (the last 10%) is very basic techniques you should of already learnt, jeese you woulda learnt this stuff at a very basic art course. Nothing here is enlightening at all. Really this book is for the absolute beginner, where graphic design/typography is a completely different world to them. For those who have studied I would expect you to know these onions already. For what it is its very nice, but just too basic for me, I have enough typography books already, that cover type/font/type setting etc. I want a book that teaches in-depth the art of creating your own typeface-this is not it. This one is more geared towards sign writers than anything else.
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