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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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Product Details

  • 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: #546,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Stephen was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah by a saintly Swedish immigrant and a magazine publisher of local renown. After an idyllic upbringing he outgrew the quiet Mormon enclave and escaped to a dark, but beautiful Stockholm where he pushed pixels remotely for his brother's graphic design concern. Just as he was about to see his first weeks of Scandinavian sun he was scooped up by a Berlin-based font supplier who found value in what to others was only a mildly amusing curiosity: his ability to identify and recommend typefaces. The company installed him in their San Francisco office where he labored joyfully as a creative director, copywriter, and evangelist.

Stephen now works independently out of his cat's home in Oakland where he writes about typography and consults with designers and various organizations on typeface selection. He is also a regular contributor to Print and Codex magazines, a member of the FontFont TypeBoard, a Type Camp instructor, and a judge for the 2011 Communication Arts Typography Annual.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meagan Roach on October 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great Book for reference, and learning the history of Typefaces.
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