The Encyclopaedia of Fonts Paperback – 9 Dec 2005
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Gwyn Headley worked for Hamlyn, Collins, Granada, Ward Lock and W H Allen before co-founding publishing consultants Headley Plachta Rolfe in 1977. HPR has consulted for over 500 publishers in Europe, America, the Middle East and Australasia. He is the author of several books including London with Lord Snowden, Follies, and Museums.
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This book does that, but the author is primarily concerned with the history of fonts, which I don't really have any interest in nor is it relative to my needs. I wanted an alphabetical listing of fonts so I could flip through the book and find a font that fit my project. I haven't really figured out her organization, it's supposed to be by style and historical order, I think, I don't have the time or interest to figure it out. It's annoying. Finding examples of the fonts I have is tedious. I have to look them up in the index then find them in the book. Doesn't allow for the quick flip through I wanted to aid in font selection.
I decided to look up my fonts and hi-lite them, but this is a slow process and the ink hi-liting doesn't dry as quickly as I'd like causing the opposite page to pick up some of the color which may be confusing later. I've also found many of my most interesting fonts are not in this book. Plus sometimes her examples look nothing like my font with the same name, like architec. Her example is much heavier and nothing like the font I've seen in so many places. There are no dingbat fonts either, which I was really hoping for.
Considering it's girth it is amazing that so many semi-common fonts are left out; fonts often used in commercial layout.
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