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The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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The Anatomy of Type is a surprisingly accessible book that will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in typography. An easy-to-use guide that rewards both light browsing and intensive study. -- John Peck, Diesel's "Beautiful Gift Books 2012"
... a down-to-earth but playful and helpful tool for users in search of a distinctive typographic tone - a cautiously plotted but worthwhile attempt to shake type classifications to the core. -- Sébastien Morlighem, Eye Magazine
The Anatomy of Type does for type users what Gray's Anatomy does for pre-med students: it explains characteristic differences in body language -- in this case the Western alphabet's most muscular typefaces. -- Steven Heller, The New York Times
From the Author
The 100 typefaces featured in the book are hand-picked by the author for their functionality and stylistic relevance in today's design landscape. Along with several familiar faces (Garamond, Bodoni, Gill Sans, Helvetica), you'll also discover contemporary fonts that are less common -- and often more useful -- than the overused classics.
More About the Author
Stephen is author of the book The Anatomy of Type (The Geometry of Type in the UK), and serves on the board of the Letterform Archive, a non-profit center for lettering and typography in San Francisco. He has taught at Type Camp and was formerly a creative director at FontShop and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard.
Top Customer Reviews
As befits a book about typefaces, the displays here are clear, with a happy use of color and a two-page spread for each typeface. In his introduction, Coles says the hundred typefaces have been chosen because of their versatility and practical use.Read more ›
I would have appreciated a more exhaustive list of terms related to type anatomy. I think I understand the rationale of the author to stick to the terms that are widespread but still, I would have welcome to see the book live up to its cover promise where it reads: examining Shoulders, Spines and Tails in Detail. In example: there is no mention of what a shoulder is in the Anatomy of Type double page spread and, if I am not mistaken, in the whole book! Similarly a book on the anatomy of typeface, meant to be used as a reference guide, cannot, in my opinion, ignore fundamentally important concepts such as the contrast, a term which again is absent in the book.
In the part of the book devoted to in detail examination of typefaces, a quick fine-tuning of the - otherwise beautiful - double page layout will vastly improve the usability of the book: the body-text in the right page should be visually self-explanatory and be set in the actual typeface under scrutiny.
The choice of typefaces is, of course, a matter of personal taste and it is quite impossible to have two designers agree on any type list: I personally have enjoyed it a lot even if I could have lived with a couple of modern slab serifs less! :-)
The book goes into 5 examples from each classification, highlighting characteristics of each font, so in that way it is a glorified marketing piece, but still very useful.
The price is right, so it is recommended.
The type selections match the caliber type enthusiasts have come to expect from Stephen Coles of FontShop and Typographica fame. You'll learn about traditional typefaces, like Futura, and contemporary ones as well, like Kris Sowersby's National. For the more traditional like Futura -- almost a dozen foundries have their own version to pedal --, the author tells you which one is the best and why (Neufville Digital's revival in the case of Futura). He also shares his thoughts on when a typeface is contextually appropriate; his suggestion to use MVB's Solano Gothic for "References to vintage workmanship" was enlightening.
The layout of the book is sumptuous, yet what really pulls it off is the marrying of the designer's eye with the interesting graphical inventions the author explores to instruct the reader. My favorite being the draftsman-notes with arrows.
If there's one downside to Anatomy it's the lack of actual Body text examples -- with the exception of the Display type. It's hard to understand why the choice was made to use Benton Sans in the Description section for each face instead of the typeface on the page. It left me wanting in a major way.
Even without strong examples of Body text this book deserves to be on your bookshelf, but rest assured, it will be living on my coffee table for a good long while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Messed up buying this in Kindle format, Buy the paper version for best results, IMO.Published 5 months ago by Brent Jatko
I love this book for reference. It is beautifully crafted and designed, and Stephen is very clear on what makes each type different and how to recognize them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gustavo Forster
I bought this book because I read somewhere that Steve Jobs said his most important college class was about Fonts. I wish now I had taken a font class in college.Published 14 months ago by dadd75
Stephen's book comparing 100 typefaces is novel. I enjoy his expert classification, and I enjoy the comparisons he makes with standard fonts. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian P. Lawler
Basic, intermediate and Advance Guide about typo. Everyone need this book in your collection.Published 16 months ago by Alfio Presutti Jr.
I'm not and never could be a designer, whether of typography or anything else, but I'm enough of a book-junky to appreciate the differences between the way type looks on the page... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael K. Smith
Excellent resource for those who wish to become connoisseurs of typography. Information is both plentiful and efficiently presented. Read morePublished 23 months ago by riverrun...the