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The Field Guide to Typography: Typefaces in the Urban Landscape [Hardcover]

Peter Dawson , Stephen Coles
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2 Sep 2013
The Field Guide to Typography explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from airplane liveries to computer screens, from billboard hoardings to signage systems. It presents over 120 typefaces old and new, common and unusual with photographic references to help font spotters identify particular typefaces in the wild. Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, and Field Facts provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness. Attractive and informative, The Field Guide to Typography is a unique visual reference for novice font fans and experienced designers alike, and a comprehensive celebration of our expanding typographic world.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (2 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 0500241449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500241448
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly Flawed 16 Nov 2013
By Jonathan Posner VINE VOICE
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What a brilliant idea for a book about typography. And, at first glance, how brilliantly designed and executed.

Arranged in alphabetical order I decided to read about one font a day. Yet I've only got as far as Bembo and I almost want to throw this book across the room. For a typeface (Archer) that's suddenly come into fashion, the authors appear to be too lazy to look beyond examples from a just single brand, to which they devote no fewer than three photographs and all of them displaying upper case. Yet when they describe the font's distinguishing features on the opposite page they spend most of the paragraph talking about the various lower-case letters. Inexcusable.

Three pages further on, and here's Bembo: "double-storey lower-case 'a'", it says. I wonder what that looks like, it having been pointed out specifically. But for a typeface that's been around since 1495 you'd think that their photographer might have been able to find a lower-case word somewhere as an example (or for the book's editor to have insisted on one.) But oh no: one single photograph of the National Gallery signage, and of course it's all in upper-case.

Now I dread turning the remaining 372 pages (that's half a year!) What a shame. This is otherwise a superbly-conceived book, making the study of typography interesting and accessible to all. If my disappointment seems out of proportion it's because an opportunity has been missed (through rushing? carelessness?) to make this a definitive reference. Someone needs to get to work on the second edition pronto and then we'll have something approaching the perfect book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Typography? Outdoors? Yes! 24 Nov 2013
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Dawson knocks it out of the park with his new book The Field Guide to Typography. He has curated a great collection of typefaces and fantastic research to backup each of his found sets. This would make a nice addition for anyones collection student to professional. For instructors, this book would work great for a Typography class. There are also some very nice diagrams that break down the anatomy of letterforms.

Great book, well worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gift 8 Jan 2014
By Deborah Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the item as a gift so I can not really rate it properly. I was pleased with it's appearance.
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