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Weingart: Typography - My Way to Typography: Typography - My Way to Typography - Retrospective in Ten Chapters with Thoughts by Paul Rand [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Wolfgang Weingart
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1 Oct 1999
Both as a teacher and a designer, Wolfgang Weingart's influence on the development of typography since the 1970s is unparalleled. As the successor to Emil Ruder at the world-famous Schule fur Gestultung in Basel, he enhanced the rigor of Swiss Typography with experimental verve and creativity; he also put his innovative ideas to work for Typografische Monatsblutter. Countless designers in North America and Europe have been inspired by his teachings and lectures. In Typography, Weingart sums up an impressive lifework in 500 pages that describe his own development and the foundations of his teachings. This is a long-awaited book of epochal significance.

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  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (1 Oct 1999)
  • Language: German, English
  • ISBN-10: 390704486X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3907044865
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.3 x 4.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,010,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both as a teacher and a designer, Wolfgang Weingart's influence on the development of typography since the 1970s is unparalleled. As the successor to Emil Ruder at the world-famous Schule fur Gestaltung in Basel, he enhanced the rigor of Swiss Typography with experimental verve and creativity; he also put his innovative ideas to work for Typografische Monatsblatter. Countless designers in North America and Europe have been inspired by his teachings and lectures.
The work in this book represents all of the various media and techniques Wolfgang Weingart uses in the typeshop: hand-composed lead type and the letterpress; transparent film collages made with a repro-camera; graphic images made on the computer; and lastly, new creations made possible by combinations of all of the above. The sluggishness of lead type combined with the magic of film craziness and the infinite graphic possibilities of computers are perhaps the language of a new world of typography.
In Typography, Weingart sums up an impressive lifework in 500 pages that describe his own development and the foundations of his teachings. This is a long-awaited book of epochal significance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The father of us all... 8 Feb 2001
By Richard Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been waiting for this book for years. In 1998 I worked as an intern with the Maine Summer Institute in Graphic Design. It was the last year that Mr. Weingart taught there and I was more than honored to work for and learn from him. Near the end of his week he brought out a pre-production copy of his book (no cover, editing marks on some pages) and showed it to all of us. We were enthralled (I have been saving my pennies ever since). This weighty tome isn't your run-of-the-mill portfolio book, this is a journey into the mind of one who personally laid the foundation for nearly all of us in design today. Having this book is almost (but not quite) as good as meeting and learning from the man himself. Open any page and you'll find knowledge and inspiration either in his imagery or his entertaining writing. I now finally have my copy and it is well worth the cost. Humbling and inspiring and is a must for anyone who fancies themselves a typographer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Type and more 7 July 2000
By Patricia Cue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is much more than another book about typography, it's the full disclosure of an artist who paints with the letter M and composes layouts that evoque the Syrian Desert. In this book Weingart opens his life, his creative path and his sources of inspiration. It's not a book of rules or absolutes about typography, but about the experience of it, about its expression and its materials. The book itself is a lesson on layout and impeccable typesetting. Through the provocative images and intimate text Weingart renewed in me the passion for this profession and brought back wonderful memories of the times when he was my teacher. Thank you for this long awaited book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy it 16 Jan 2012
By Etahchen - Published on Amazon.com
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if you're REALLY into typography, buy this. Oh yeah, this book is really big, about a foot tall, and 2 inches thick cover to cover. The book is filled with Wolfgang's thoughts, explanations, and typographic experiments. A lot of lines, patterns, and typographic textures going on. Very interesting and plenty of images to study. I wish i had bought this book sooner instead of putting it off for a while.
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but well worth having. 24 Jun 2001
By Max Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've got this book checked out of the library right now, but somehow I know I'll soon spend the [money] for my own copy. Every page packs a wallop of ideas. Nightly, I open the tome randomly and read myself to sleep. Weingart has the courage to fill a series of pages with oversize underlined text, another with stark photographs of fields, then off to a visual essay on the power of strikethrough. This book knocks me out.
6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tripographic 23 Jun 2000
By carlos martinez casas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr weingart lead us in a trip through tipographics arts, the book is an outstanding example of engineering freedoom, A R T. I flip the book for less than 2 minutes,enough to know this is the kind of book you have and you travel with it every once in a while. a book with an incredible echo. Thanks
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