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The Field Guide to Typography: Typefaces in the Urban Landscape Hardcover – 25 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791348396
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791348391
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 21 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,289,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawson's book is an excellent guide for amateurs. --Creative Review --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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I thought I'd write this review to offset the other one.

As mentioned in the other review, sometimes the photographs lack the letters that are being talked about, true. I did find the real world examples very helpful. You do get a good idea of where the fonts should be used. One or two of the photos were blurry (I say this because I am a photographer). You know, but people shouldn't complain so much. Honestly. What do you expect for this price???

Maybe in another edition, I would like to see an A to Z along the top of both pages showing the entire typeface. Perhaps that is an old way of doing it, I don't know.

I do think that a lot of effort was put into this book. It's very easy to pick up and start reading which is important in today's world. I'll be keeping this book for future reference. I have already learned much. I am reading about 3 fonts per day.
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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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For designers young or old, typography enthusiasts... This is a must have tool
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Bought as present, they loved it
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91d90954) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
HASH(0x90e422f4) out of 5 stars Beautifully-made, incredibly useful. 31 July 2015
By Lisa Brunet - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully-made, useful book. Not only makes it easier to identify typefaces in the wild, but gives the history of each and lays similar typefaces over each other to show subtle differences. Should be in every communication designer's (or type lover's) library.
HASH(0x914e6504) out of 5 stars Beautiful book and highly recommended, but it has an annoying weakness 27 Dec. 2015
By Joshua E. Simons - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully-done book and I recommend it to anyone interested in fonts and font history. I have reduced my rating by one star because I wish the author had included more "in the wild" examples that reflected the distinguishing characteristics noted for each font. Absent that, the book is much less self-contained than it otherwise would be -- one is forced to find a rendition of the full font elsewhere to understand and appreciate many of the "distinguishing characteristics" comments.
HASH(0x914e6408) 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.
HASH(0x9129df9c) out of 5 stars Beautiful book... 3 Oct. 2014
By Lyn Cope - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is stunning, not only interesting content, but perfect visually and a great conversation starter--think it helped sell my home😉.
HASH(0x912ba948) out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Dec. 2014
By Jonathan Westfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Great reference material.
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