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Typography Sketchbooks [Hardcover]

Steven Heller , Lita Talarico
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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12 Sep 2011
Selected by the worlds most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic-design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks. Arranged by designer, this collection of typographic explorations intimately reveals how nearly 120 of the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words, and provides fascinating insights into their work. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on screen, this revealing compendium stresses the importance of good typography at a time when reading habits are changing, and celebrates a craft that has endured for centuries.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (12 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500241384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500241387
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 19.5 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`...endlessly interesting and provides a sharp insight into the kind of mind needed to invent lettering, as well as casting a keen new light on the text we see around us every day' --The Big Issue

`Page after page of stunning and inspiring sketchbook images...the book's image-focused design showcases the work to maximum effect'
--Type to Ken.net

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Booooooook 9 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I find this book massively helpful, I'm a studying illustrator and I don't really have a type background, but this book has taught me methods , artists , styles and overall has enthused me about the craft and how much skill is involved.it is Ideal for studying illustrators or graphic designers, great bit of research material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual thinking 16 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
I opened this book at random in a bookshop and was blown away by the work of Tom Geismar. I then began to flip through it and found that it was a goldmine of ideas. To see the preliminary work of all these designers gives one an glimpse of their working methods and an entree into alternative ways of unlocking visual problems. As an educational too or just a source of pleasure it has the 'Wow' factor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THE" typography book to have 21 April 2012
By mellie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An excellent insight into the creative minds and forming typography style of some of the most talented and admired designers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from unwrapping til the last page. It reminds me that the simplest of strokes/shapes can form so many interesting type styles. Inspiring and beautifully presented. I recommend this to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 16 Dec 2011
By Thomas
Format:Hardcover
Great book with all kinds of typography. It has a lot of pages, so a lot of inspiration. I recommend this book.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful book 15 Jun 2014
By robert
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this is a beautiful book. thames and hudson deserve a pat on their collective backs, even the paper the book is printed on is worth mentioning, it's thick and matt, it's a pleasure to hold. steven and lita (i hope i can call them that, as this is a very personal feeling book) have compiled a gem. every page is a treat, the doodles are inspiring, the more finished works are sumptious. when i typed "typography" into amazon search, this wasn't the book i had in mind, but now i've found it, i feel enriched as a human being - it's that good. i hope you buy this book and get the same feeling i do. it's probably not for everyone, but if you also search typography on amazon, then i can only assume you're one of those people too
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5.0 out of 5 stars joyous 24 May 2014
By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I grew up in a house where there were always Letraset sheets lying about, for the uninitiated, they were plastic film with black type that could be transferred to paper by carefully scribbling on the back with a blunt pencil. Letraset was the traditional way of putting a specific typeface on paper, one letter at a time, for offset lithography. Things have changed since then, Letraset sheets are a curio now, rather than something that you could buy at a specialist shop on every large high street. But I still love fonts.

This is a well produced book of extracts from sketchbooks belonging to various people who work with fonts, some are traditional typographers, some designers, it is a splendidly diverse selection. It is impossible to generalise about the sketches or the artists, some find sketching invaluable, some seldom sketch anything. If there is a theme it is perhaps that like the Letraset sheets, these days of sketchbooks as an everyday piece of a designer’s toolkit are numbered. The digital revolution and ubiquitous laptops means that wacom tablets will probably replace sketchbooks in twenty years. If they do then we will be much the poorer, this is an inspiring book that offers a ready insight into creativity and creation, and will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the every day reality of designing stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be good! 14 April 2014
By Malink
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was a present, and it seems to be popular! I haven't read it myself but my wife is happy with it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product And Great Price 7 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great Product and a Great Price with a super fast service too! The product was exactly as described

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pefect
I bought this book for my daughter who is studying Graphic Design and she loved it !
Great value for money too
Published 7 months ago by Carol H
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great book cant put it down it has certianly been value for money and very useful on my sons media art and design course
Published 11 months ago by mrs marie-sophie fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pages, great colours, inspiring snippits from illustrators,...
Wonder thick pages with high contrasting colours convey the beauty of the craftmanship of the artists it represents. Read more
Published 11 months ago by zoegal
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutelu lovely book
I fell in love immediately when I saw this book. Totally worth the price.

Stunning pictures, and I like the way the pages and the cover of the book feel in my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mira Hiltunen
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
you will find lots of inspiration for you work in this. it has almost all styles of type in there, really good!
Published 16 months ago by rodrigo
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great comprehensive book, something i know i'll go back to for reference, really in depth, good detail, huge book actually
Published 17 months ago by Philip Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars sketchbooks
Excellent book for students, full of examples to use and new ideas, presented in a colourful format and with backgrounds about the artists
Published 18 months ago by Mrs H
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and inspirational
For those with any interest in type, typography and design. The handdrawn/sketch work is particularly interesting and reveals some aspects of a type designer's process.
Published 19 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Typography Sketchbooks
This is a very useful and beautifully produced book. A must for anyone who needs or wants to use free-hand lettering illustration in their life.
Published 19 months ago by Beryl
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