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Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age Hardcover – October 25, 2004

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It brings back to the world of typography the notion of unique and fastidious design. -- Step Inside Design

Reminds you of a time when you needed artists to make art …a really inspiring book. -- Vice --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Steven Heller is art director of The New York Times Book Review and author of dozens of successful books on graphic design, including Icons of Graphic Design, also published by Thames & Hudson.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500511713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500511718
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,611,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Handwritten is a collection of exemplary work in the world of graphic design in which the "handwritten" has been implemented as a creative element. Examples range from magazine covers, traditional one-page advertisements, film festival posters, album covers, book covers & other eccentric media/art. What this book lacks in text, it makes up for in insightful streamlined descriptions as to how the authors believe selections "work" as graphic art. In response to a poster in which the artist implemented a "childish" scrawl, they note: "Scrawl is most effective when located with a generous helping of negative space, as is portrayed elegantly in this poster...etc." Rad.

And while you might disagree with their observations, you'll become aware of your own critical eye and identify the aesthetics and styles you most respond to.

Bottom line: this book is worth the money.
Buy it and you'll break out a sketchbook again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Scarbrough on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Handwritten is a history lesson and an inspiration piece, breaking into a series of successive styles from polished to grunge. The exploration is seemingly complete, and as the above commentor wrote, will inspire you to pick up a pencil and sketchbook, and have at it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJMinotian on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Nice range of examples categorized by how they look. An example is "ornate, curlique, sinuous". More a look book reference than a topic/subject reference. Examples include books, posters, ads, CD/DVD, web designs...all using art with a human touch.
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