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Typewise Hardcover – January, 1991

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891343563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891343561
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,295,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm surprised that no one has reviewed this book before now. I bought a copy soon after it was published in 1990 and I've dipped into ever since, if only to appreciate the great book design by Kit Hinrichs and look at some excellent typography in the reproduced printed pieces.

The 160 pages are split into three sections: first Hinrichs expresses his thoughts on design and typography in a Q&A format, followed by another Q&A format but this time dealing with the everyday practical problems any designer faces in communicating ideas. Both these sections keep the focus on typography. The rest of the book uses actual printed examples (designed mostly by Pentagram) to backup the ideas in the front.

The sixty case study examples cover most commercial work though I should say they are big corporations that obviously went to Pentagram because of their impressive creative reputation. All of the examples are strong on typography and you'll see covers and inside pages, packaging, logos, a newspaper, annual reports, books and more. What is missing from the selection is advertising and magazines. Pentagram is neither an ad agency or a publisher, the nearest they get to this is Dave Hillman's redesign of the London 'Guardian' newspaper in 1988.

'Type Wise' is certainly worth getting. It presents some basic design and typographic assumptions in a fascinating visual way.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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This book begins with thoughts on typography from Kit Hinrichs in interview format. The latter half contains many nice print designs from his firm Pentagram. Despite being fairly conservative, though, many of the example do look dated. However, a lot of thought went into the layout of the book itself, and it is very nicely done. This book is worth having a look at as a source of inspiration, but is not particularly instructional.
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If you appreciate great design work, this book shows and tells in very readable language what it takes to design with type.
I have admired Kit Hinrichs's work for decades and TYPE WISE is a good example of his mastery of typographic design and imagery.
I would recommend it for students and professionals.
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A classic by a great designer. Dated but still awesome.
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