Words Fail Me Hardcover – 22 May 2006
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"A book that gently subverts and questions the art of expression... Filled with gentle humour and genuinely interesting anachronisms of the English language, all set in Monachino's immaculate typography."―Design Week
About the Author
Teresa Monachino is an award-winning designer and typographer. Currently director of 999 Design she has overseen many varied projects and commissions for a number of high-profile clients. She lives in London.
Top customer reviews
For anyone interested in words at all, this is an extremely interesting little book. Teresa Monachino was really inspired when she wrote it - it has very few pages with only one word or sentence to a page; some of these pages specify the difference in words that are spelt the same or in some cases words/sentences which mean the opposite of what they imply. There is so much more to this little book but I felt it was very much worth the small amount of money that I spent on it.
I wasnt quite sure what to expect, dissapointed at first i began to flick through the pages not really paying attention to its content, as i began to read an understand the meanings i found myself fascinated by the simple ideas regardin anagrams, or breaking up words to reveal contradictory words. for a small book, i find it the most picked up and talked about of my collection.
Worth a read.. and worth every penny..
OK, I spent less than ten minutes reading it but surely the visual presentation will keep me occupied for longer? If only. Nearly all of the pages are designed in a very minimalist way, one typeface (17 point Gill Sans I fancy) and mostly in this size. Because so many of the examples are a word or two on each page there is plenty of empty space throughout the book. As the author is a designer I would have thought this would have been the ideal editorial format to have the contents displayed in a much more creative way. Herb Lubalin would have had such fun!
This is really the kind of item that a trendy ad boutique would give away as a Christmas keepsake to its clients rather than a book to buy.
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