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Counterpunch, 2nd edition: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century Designing Typefaces Now Paperback – December 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hyphen Press; 2 Revised edition (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907259421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907259428
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Counterpunch is written in an entertaining manner and Smeijer's wit frequently shines through....The book's carefully considered design, a bibliography, and a useful index complete a work that is warmly recommended to anyone interested in type. Kaspar Brand, Page --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kupfers@uni-weimar.de on September 10, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you are a student interested in Typography, than you have to read this book. It is not only about punchcutting in its techniques but provides a lot of basic information on the subject type in general. Because of his direct and logic way of writing Fred Smeijers succeeds in explaining you the most complex things you where always confused about before (method of handcasting type, old techniques, the historical connections). He also explains what we can learn from all that for now and the future.
It is greatly illustrated, beautifully designed and so lively written that you have to read it like a novel, not able to stop anymore. I hope Fred Smeijers continues writing so interesting books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Larabie on March 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of books on type and this is the only one with a practical guide on how to create your own typefaces. I'm sure more people who read this book aren't going to start making their own metal type but the lessons learned in this book easily translate to the world of creating digital typefaces. After reading this it changed the way I design typefaces, completely. Now, instean of merely moving bezier control points, I imagine myself cutting metal and re-using counterpunches. Sometimes I "oversize" my counters a bit, as if I were hammering them in a bit more. If you're a type designer, or just interested in type, put this one in your shopping cart immediately.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I was surprised by Mr. Smeijers ability to speak volumes of relevance about the digital era. As a student interested in typography and type design I was enthralled. I couldn't put it down.
This book is a must read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 22, 2005
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This is an exceptional contribution to the history of printing. The book centers on the punch, that unique object that is eventually copied into the matrices, movable type, and printed results that are more familiar. Smeijers started by studying the literature, printing tools, and printed artifacts that are still available. That wasn't enough - he taught himself the craft of making (or "cutting") the punches, learning a lot from the tool and die machinists who preserve much of the skill that Smeijers needed. After his eye became trained to the marks of tool on steel, he realized that a whole craft existed and had nearly vanished without a trace. That was the skill of making the tools to make the tool, creation and use of the counter-punch.

Along the way, he fell in love with the metal that he shaped into punches. He became quite lyrical about it: "... you feel nothing but delight in this substance, with such a strong and fine substance, which we call steel." He even became jealous of the old-timers, who remember alloys of the past that yielded even more gracefully to the punchcutter's caress. I have to admit, I've worked metal (though not steel), and I know just how that passion developed.

There's more about the history of letterforms and the punchcutters that brought them to life, and about the pleasures there are in being an amateur historian. There's more, too, about current and future practice in type design. This brings us to the one point where I disagree with Smeijers, a statement that I just can't believe he made. He mentions letters on screens, objects that he lumps together as "anything that can carry information and which is able to refresh itself.
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