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Type: The Secret History of Letters Paperback – 31 Mar 2006
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"A heady mixture of intrigue, personal achievement and corporate greed...Loxley offers an engaging, well-presented account of the more eccentric personalities in type design."--"Times Literary Supplement"""
"A funny, informative romp through typography."--"BookPage"""
"You'll never look at Renner's elegant circles-and-lines font Futura in the same way again."--"Boston Globe""" "Simon Loxley takes the reader on a fascinating journey peppered with anecdotes concerning type designers and their creations." --"Mediaevistik 19"
"Remarkably good." - "Journal of the American Printing History Association"
*A heady mixture of intrigue, personal achievement and corporate greed...Loxley offers an engaging, well-presented account of the more eccentric personalities in type design.*--Times Literary Supplement
*A funny, informative romp through typography.*--BookPage
*You'll never look at Renner's elegant circles-and-lines font Futura in the same way again.*--Boston Globe *Simon Loxley takes the reader on a fascinating journey peppered with anecdotes concerning type designers and their creations.* --Mediaevistik 19
*Remarkably good.* - Journal of the American Printing History Association
About the Author
Simon Loxley, practicing typographer, designer and teacher, lives in London. This is his first book.
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My second gripe with the book is that it already assumes the reader knows about movable type. Key technical details must be googled by the reader or inferred from the context. It is as if the early chapters lack a few introductory paragraphs.
Written in an very engaging style, Type is a whirlwind tour though the entire history of typesetting from Gutenberg to the launch of the Apple Mac, Pagemaker and the birth of digital type.
Along the way it touches on the evolution of new technologies and fashions in typefaces, providing an education as well as lots of anecdotes - the history of type is littered with larger than life characters.
A very well written and engaging book, beautifully typeset and printed in itself, it should appeal to a much wider audience as well as those with a professional interest in type.
As such it's a pleasant light read and almost a companion piece to Just My Type.
It's not a book that teaches you to become a typographer, but will give you some appreciation for type and the people who have produced such incredible and ubiquitous work. In some ways it is like an extended series of newspaper articles lightly touching on a variety of interesting facts about typographers and their lives. It's a light read and a reasonable diversion for someone interested in type and some of the people who have been involved in its development over time.
Anyone complaining about the lack of detail in the book, such as full sets of typefaces as described, should look elsewhere. There are plenty of books that already do that. Besides any reasonable designer/typographer should have some form of reference library to hand, or access to the internet.
I would recommend anyone looking for a deeper take on the subject to read Modern Typography: An Essay in Critical History by Robin Kinross.
This is much more detailed and academic.
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