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Product Details

  • Series: Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486271692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486271699
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of many books on typography, Dan X. Solo was also the proprietor of his own typography shop in Oakland, California—an establishment dedicated to unusual typography and special effects. This comprehensive catalog offers graphic designers a dazzling selection of over 4,000 typefaces and optical effects available from Solotype Typographers.
Here, in Solo's words, is "a great cast of characters"—the alphabet—abetted by a cornucopia of typographical ideas and an endless resource of letters, words, phrases, slogans, logos, humorous comments, headlines, and graphic symbols. Individual sections of the book display a rich variety of typefaces in categories such as Condensed, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Rustic, Thick-and-tin, Calligraphic, Uncials, Latins, and Blackletter.
Samples are imaginatively presented. "Stagecoach," for example, is printed in Fargo typeface, evoking dusty trails, rawhide, and ten-gallon hats, while "Sizzling summer savings" appears appropriately in the flamboyant Firebug typeface. All typefaces are indexed for quick and easy reference. As entertaining as it is practical and useful, this impressive treasury of versatile typefaces and optical effects will be indispensable to busy commercial artists as an inexhaustible source of typographic ideas and a "swipe file" of words, phrases, and letters for use in graphic art projects.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fun with Toys on September 17, 1999
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Dan Solo's book has the most beutiful fonts I've seen. He has a love of typography, and this comes out not just in the quality and number of fonts, but in the manner they are presented. I did my wedding invites with these fonts, and keep looking for reasons to bring back such beautiful typefaces as Nicholas Cochin, or authentic Gold Rush era such as Smuggler, French Kate, and Lyons Egyptian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1997
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this is a great book to get really inspired and makes to instantly want to create something beatifull with it. Only problem is to get it in your computer system (digitalize it) which takes me about one hour for most headline fonts which don't need so much car
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vista Bill Raley VINE VOICE on May 9, 2003
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I received my Solotype Catalog today and it was beyond anything I expected! I have worked with type for over 60 years and this is a wonderful collection of type and includes the colorful 19th Century fonts as well as recent fonts (to 1992). Special effects are well presented. This book is a must for anyone interested in type and letterforms.
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What is the point of seeing 4000+ display types if you are going to only show 1-7 letters of each alphabet? What possible use could that be to anyone that has anything to do with printing or typography? None. I own over 100 books on typography and sign painting and this is by far the worst. It doesn't have a reason to exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. McCullough on December 15, 2007
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While there are very few full-character samples shown, this book is a wonderful jaunt through typographic history and an excellent (and often hilarious) reminder of what went into the graphic arts before computers (the Solotype foundry were phototypesetters). A huge number of these fonts can be found under different names today as freeware or shareware, and it's becoming a fun winter project of mine to track down as many of these old types as I can on the Internet. Dover has a fine collection of many of Dan Solo's fonts already digitized and available for sale inexpensively, though by no means all of them.
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