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The Geometry of Type: The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces Hardcover – January 7, 2013

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Students and professionals in any creative field can benefit from a good typographic eye. The Geometry of Type (The Anatomy of Type in the US) 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.

About the Author

Stephen Coles is a writer and typographer living in Oakland and Berlin. After six years at FontShop San Francisco as a creative director, he now publishes the websites Typographica, Fonts In Use, and The Mid-Century Modernist. He is also a regular contributor to Print and Codex magazines, a Type Camp instructor, and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; 1st edition (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500241422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500241424
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Coles is an editor and typographer living in Oakland and Berlin. He publishes the websites Fonts In Use and Typographica, writes for type foundries, and consults with various organizations on typeface selection and licensing.

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.

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Great Book for reference, and learning the history of Typefaces.
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