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Designing Typefaces Hardcover – 29 Nov 2002

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (29 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2880466997
  • ISBN-13: 978-2880466992
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,721,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite the rapidly increasing number of typefaces in the world made possible by computers, type design is still complex, technical and can seem intimidating. Through interviews with 12 established typographers, this text explores approaches to contemporary type design. Idiosyncratic aspects of each designer's work are highlighted, and visual examples of work-in-progress demonstrate the creative development. A type design tutorial looks in more detail at some of the issues raised, and an illustrated glossary explains the technical language of typeface design.

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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this. It's basically a set of interviews with prominent type designers about their views on type. It includes lots of examples of their work, and it is really quite fascinating to see how their differing (and sometimes contradictory) views on the philosophy and techniques of type design lead to different, but equally good, typefaces.

Don't expect a "how to" guide (though there is a little one at the end), it's more about the philosophy of type design.
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HASH(0x9462154c) out of 5 stars Just right for the coffee table 16 Dec. 2005
By Cadmium Red - Published on
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I was tempted by the online excerpt from the book, so you can imagine my disappointment that what i had read was pretty much it - no depth, no probing, no analysis. If you wish that Parade magazine had a type column then this is your dream come true. Peppy short bio-interviews drawing a few pithy comments and then on to a spashy but mostly pointless sprinkle of images.

Not a serious read or look. Save your money.
HASH(0x94622314) out of 5 stars Interesting Interviews, but Not Worth Owning 9 Mar. 2010
By Asbestos Bill - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book consists of 7-10 interviews with some prominent typeface designers, a few pages of examples for each, and a tutorial for creating your own typefaces.

The interviews are of satisfying length, but don't probe too deeply into their subjects. Nevertheless I found them to be interesting and they made me think about typography in different ways. The content is varied, some dealing with design theory and some with technique.

The examples are sporadic; for some designers, I wanted to see more, especially when there would be some "revolutionary" font described in the text that wasn't shown. For the most part it is good stuff, however, including multiple revisions of some fonts on their way to the finished product and posters showing the fonts in context.

The tutorial would be better renamed "A Few Things to Consider Before Designing a Typeface." It is merely a cursory glance at the process, offering very little guidance.

Overall, this would be a good book to check out from a library (you could easily read it in a day) but there would be little point in owning it.
HASH(0x94622554) out of 5 stars Good Insight 30 Oct. 2005
By designsmith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a "How you can do it" book, but rather a "How they do it" book, or perhaps even more precisely, "Why they do it".

This book profiles 12 contemporary type designers and shows on a personal level, why each typographer chose to do what he/she does and how they approach their work. Earls does what few other have in giving us personal insight (though be it brief) into the lives, minds and personal influences of well-known, and not-so-well-known, contemporary typographers--like Zuzanna Licko, Matthew Carter and Johnathan Hoefler.

A few people missing that I would like to have seen included are: Neville Brody, Sumner Stone, Elliot Earls and the group at House Industries.

If you're interested in learning something behind the surface of today's typography design, this book does have something to offer with a decent selection of typographers and (very brief) samples of their work.
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