Type: The Secret History of Letters Paperback – 31 Mar 2006
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'Simon Loxley's quirkily elegant Type follows hard on the heels of Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves. It is better designed and typeset than that unlikely bestseller, and its subject, type, is central to the experience of every reader...A heady mixture of intrigue, personal achievement and corporate greed' --Justin Howes, Times Literary Supplement 'Simon Loxley reads between the lines in Type...underscoring the passion and ambition of its designers and highlighting the role that business and technological breakthroughs have had in the way we print and read today' --History Today 'the perfect book to spark an interest in type design amongst world-weary students' --Times Higher Education Supplement 'written like a novel, with the interplay of the great artists and technicians of the world of typography dramatized but never caricatured' --TypographicaTHE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN PRINTING HISTORY ASSOCIATION'remarkably good'
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a really good read. What you might expect to be a dull subject proved very interesting, and the author did well to make what might have been a dry subject, interesting.Published 22 months ago by Simon Binning
Geeky I know but fascinating and I am not even a typophile.
Give it a go you will be suprised
Potentially a fascinating subject, but made dull by an unimaginative approach, lack of adequate illustration and political gibbering at the end.Published on 15 April 2013 by A. D. Dyer
im currently a uni student attempting to write a dissertation on black letter type.i stumbled across this book in the local high street hoping for abit more history on my subject... Read morePublished on 29 July 2009 by J. Atkinson