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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186846X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868464
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Gordon teaches graphic design and art at both the University of Brighton and Kingston University, England. He has more than 40 years of experience working with typography.

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Graham Davis is a former Art Director of Time-Life International. He was also art director of the Illustrated London News and Good Housekeeping magazine. He has been a design consultant for numerous magazines including Woman, Melody Maker, and Radio 3 magazine. He has also lectured on co-edition publishing and art direction at the London College of Printing.

He is also founder of iPadCreate which as the name suggests is the creator of magazine and book apps and highly visual ebooks for the iPad.

His books include
1000 Fonts (joint author)
The Designers Toolkit: 2000 Colour Palette Swatches
The Designer's Toolkit: 500 Grids & Style Sheets: 500 Grids and Style Sheets
Web Animation: Start Here!
Create Gift Cards and Calendars Using Your Own Digital Photos
Make Your Own Maps
How to Do Just About Anything With Your Digital Photos

Content contributor/writer:
Photoshop Type Effects
The Designer's Lexicon
1000 Fonts

Concept and content provider:
Our Family Archive (Filemaker data based application)
My Story (Filemaker data based application)
Family Heritage Album

CD/DVD interface and styling:
Golf Record System (Filemaker data based application)
World in a Box (Flash based map application)

Graham has also been a content contributor for Photoshop Type Effects and The Designer's Lexicon as well as providing both concept and content for Our Family Archive and Family Heritage Album. He is currently working on CD/DVD interface and styling for Golf Record System, My Story, both Filemaker data based applications and World in a Box, a Flash-based Map application.
He is also responsible for both Design Alternative and E-Design websites

He lives in Cambridge, England, where he divides his time between writing and design for both web and print.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. McCullough on March 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm an admitted font freak - as a graphic designer, you quickly learn to love fonts and you're forever looking for "the font" that gives a given piece you're designing the right "voice". This is a nicely organized compendium of categories and a wide selection of fonts - both old and newer - that fit each (such as Billboard and Poster, Fun, Illustrative, etc.). One thing I DIDN'T necessarily like is that the categories are too broad - they could have been more specific as is a similarly-themed (but thinner!) book by Timothy Samara, "Type Style Finder". However, the samples in this book are larger and it's easier to use as a font identification source. It's still a very worthwhile purchase and I'm quite glad to add this to my typography arsenal!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ElmoTheCat on January 29, 2010
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Beautiful design and layout of some of the most popular typefaces. I was surprised not to find some favorite fonts, but there wouldn't be a book big enough to display every font available today. A font display, a short history, and showcase of fonts in design use. Handy, hefty little book sure to get a lot of use. A must have for the most rabid font addicts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArtsyAmy on March 7, 2013
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This book is amazing, my only regret is that I didn't purchase it earlier. One thing I didn't notice in the item description (and didn't expect) was all of the font ornamentations, which was a very pleasant surprise.
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This is a very compact book. There is a medium sized display, small displays and text versions for each font. I find it very helpful if I need to compare time for text use before actually purchasing a font. I also like to be able to see the small size for hand drawn use. Probably not a book if you are looking for headline displays, however.
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By Susan A Javitt-Love on October 22, 2013
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I'm looking more for Poster and Typography fonts so the fonts in the back part of book will be most useful to me. I wish the fonts were larger but they do provide the entire alphabet.
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