The Geometry of Type: The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces Hardcover – 7 Jan 2013
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With a full spread given over to each of the 100 'essential' typefaces featured in The Geometry of Type, it's fair to say that this elegant book takes an appreciation of letterforms to another level. --Creative Review
A great typographic primer. --DavidAirey.com
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They are the exact same book, page for page. with different titles and Amazon even lists this as:
"The Geometry of Type: The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces by Erik Spiekermann and Stephen Coles"
...BY Erik Spiekerman... and Stephen Coles
where as "The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces by Stephen Coles"
Even the Cover art is different.
So although very similar books, very easy to think of them as different books. they are not. They are the exact same book
Buy one or the other, NOT both!!
Great book though.
I don't know of another book that celebrates the beauty and intricacy of good type design so successfully. On one level this is simply a book to sit back and enjoy from an aesthetic point of view. The typeface samples are large enough to really see the subtleties of each letterform (there is a generous large size sample word, and complete alphabet in smaller font) and appreciate the harmony of design between glyphs. The book is designed and set beautifully too.
On another level, it is a useful aid to choosing typefaces, and comparing alternatives from a similar genre. The author helpfully dispenses with the usual categories for a more nuanced and useful system of collating typefaces in families. So, rather than Sans Serif only, there are Grotesque Sans, Neo-Grotesque Sans, Gothic Sans, Geometric Sans, Humanist Sans, Neo-Humanist Sans. Choice is always going to be personal, and this shouldn't be looked to as a comprehensive reference; rather, a selection "made with an emphasis on versatility and practical use". Amongst the usual suspects are some gems which I at least wasn't familiar with e.g. Baskerville Original by Frantisek Storm and Nitti by Pieter van Rosmalen. At times in the later sections there seems to be a skew towards H&FJ, but that shouldn't be surprising given the quality of their output, and there are plenty of examples from smaller foundries and individual designers.
All in all, if you love type you will love this book.
The first few pages summarise the different families of type. These will help you identify a style very quickly. However the bulk of the book, some 200+ pages, is given to well organised examples of typefaces with two pages for each face.
Every double page spread shows you clearly the key features of the typeface. The illustrations are large enough that every detail can be seen, with each key detail noted and explained. A brief summary of the face and its relation to others is given, but most of the page is quite rightly dedicated to showing you the detail rather than just telling you.
To Sum Up: It's become my preferred reference book on Typefaces. I'd suggest it as an essential buy for students and for anyone who loves type.
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Good book if you are looking to go in depth with your typography knowledge.Published 21 months ago by borges
A great book, excellent content, large size (this is not shown in the photo on the website). I advise this book graphic and type designer.Published on 13 Nov. 2013 by Anastasiya
great comprehensive book, something i know i'll go back to for reference, good range of fonts covered too, something i want to look into morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Philip Gibson