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Indie Fonts 3: A Compendium of Digital Type from Independent Foundries (Indie Fonts: A Compendium of Digital Type from Independent) Paperback – February 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Indie Fonts: A Compendium of Digital Type from Independent
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

P22 type foundry creates computer typefaces inspired by art, history, and science. P22 is renowned for its work with museums and foundations to ensure the development of accurate historical typefaces that are fully relevant for today's comuputer user. In addition to its in-house font design, P22 now licenses several new type designs from around the world. And, of course, no type foundry is complete without its own record label.

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Tamye Riggs is a writer, designer, editor, and event planner specializing in typography and the related arts. She is the Executive Director of The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), which organizes TypeCon annually. Tamye has worked in creative, marketing, and management areas for Maryland-based Phil's Fonts/GarageFonts, and FontShop San Francisco, where she edits Font magazine; she also freelances for a number of other foundries and type distributors. Tamye is co-editor of SOTA's publication Interrobang, and writes for design publications, including HOW and Computer Arts. Tamye has edited a number of books on type and motion graphics, including the Indie Fonts series with Richard Kegler and James Grieshaber. A native of Oregon, Tamye now lives and works on the island of Alameda, just across the bay from San Francisco.

If there is one experience that any graphic designer can relate to, it's the quest for the perfect typeface. The right typeface communicates the visual essence of the content while enhancing the impact of the overall design. The dozens of type samplers available are often more confusing than helpful, offering hundreds of choices but little guidance. Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design is a unique sourcebook featuring sixty classic typefaces that continue to resonate with today's most influential graphic designers. The book is organized using typographic classifications such as sans serif, serif, display, script, and dingbats. Each typeface is presented in detail, including its origin, main characteristics, and uses. The main character set of each type specimen is accompanied by typesheet style examples including technical specifications and non-Latin characters.

In addition, Typeface includes a unique feature certain to delight designers: a choice of similar typefaces is given for each font, so that alternatives can be easily compared, taking the stress out of tracking down typefaces. Characteristics such as vertically stressed oblique serifs or abrupt contrasts are highlighted and easily cross-referenced, allowing designers to make educated type choices without having to trawl through the seemingly endless pages of type vendor libraries. Accompanying the main character sets and typesheets are examples of the typefaces in use. Leading practitioners such as Pentagram, karlssonwilker inc., and Why Not Associates provide a working context for each typeface, making Typeface both a fully functional sourcebook and an inspirational showcase of international typographic design.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Image in a Bottle on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Greta follow-up to Indie Fonts 2 - the CD with free fonts alone is worth the rest of the cost!
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By Vince Cabrera on December 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Interesting book, lots of ideas in the pages, but it's organized by designer rather than by topic or anything user friendly like that. On the positive side, the sample text for each font is easy to look through. The book is pleasant to look at and nice to hold.

The CD is ok, there's quite a few fonts on there, but some are pretty similar to stuff that I already have through Photoshop and Office.

It's a good book, it's just not THAT good.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerome L. Nelson on January 10, 2010
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The layout of the book was nice. But only a few fonts were included on the CD. IMHO, only one font in the whole collection was even worth loading the disc.

I regretted my purchase of this product.
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