Coles does a wonderful job of initiating the layman to the field of modern typography. -- Michael Stasiak, Print Magazine
The Anatomy of Type provides a glorious opportunity to taxonimize another everyday visual encounter. As your knowledge accumulates, and your vocabulary grows, you, too, will begin to appraise these fonts with a critical eye. You will gaze at them alongside Coles, nodding at his insights. -- SlateThe 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 MagazineThe 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
Students and professionals in any creative field can benefit from a good typographic eye. The Anatomy of Type
(The Geometry of Type
in the UK) is all about looking more closely at letters. Through visual diagrams and practical descriptions, you'll learn how to distinguish between related typefaces and see how the attributes of letterforms (such as contrast, detail, and proportion) affect the mood, readability, and use of each typeface. Nutritional value aside, the spreads full of big type are nice eye candy, too.
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.