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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (December 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890421
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fine new addition to both the 10 finest books on typography and our favorite peeks inside the notebooks of great creators: Typography Sketchbooks is like a visual window into the minds of the worlds most exciting type designers and, in turn, into the intricate art-science of typography itself a medium both creative and practical that has to walk the tightrope between centuries-old tradition and bleeding-edge innovation with equal parts grace and agility in an era of changing reading habits and design expectations." --Brain Pickings

"Typography Sketchbooks is like a visual window into the minds of the world's most exciting type designers and, in turn, into the intricate art-science of typography itself." -- TheAtlantic.com

"Typography Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press 2011), covers just about every nuance of visual communication from just about every possible approach to type design, from the highly controlled sketches of Matthew Carter (Cambridge, MA) to the free-wheeling headline sketches of Andy Smith (London, UK) to the sublimely beautiful photographic alphabets of Bob Aufuldish (San Anselmo, UK). It's a must for musing and inspiration for visual narrators. And it includes URLs for the contributors." --- DART: Design Arts Daily

"Know someone who loves design? A devotee of letter forms or ABCs? Then this celebration of type should be on your list. This book peeps into the private sketchbooks of talented typographers like Emek Golan, Andy Smith, Tom Schamp, Daniel Pelavin, Bernard Maisner, Katie Lombardo, Jonny Hannah, and so many more. This book is bursting with amazing, colorful, often whimsical, imagery." --Fine Books & Collections

"Heller and Talarico have struck gold again with sketches revolving around type, type treatments, and letter forms... Any reader who doodles will feel an itch in their fingers looking at these pages." -- Communication Arts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Really gives off a lot of helpful tips!
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This is a very resourceful and inspiring book for any artist, designer, typographer, etc.
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I keep reading through this book, and finding new things that I missed the first time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By So Cal Photo on October 22, 2011
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It's totally inspiring. I can't put it down after weeks. I had to go out and buy some sketchbooks to include my own inspiration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh Ryan on April 4, 2012
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This book is filled with beautiful examples of sketches, process images, and some finished images of every kind of typographic design. Modern, contemporary, expressive, experimental, classical, loose, grid based, geometric and everything in between. Its a treat for the eyes and can serve as some good inspiration and reference for the many styles of typography.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jamie N. Turpin on March 30, 2012
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I am a huge fan of sketchbooks and I appreciate typography. These two elements intertwined in this book provided amazing inspiration for the viewer! This book is in my top 5 books of all time!
This is definitely a "Must Have"

Enjoy your copy today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Hatcher on October 17, 2012
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when this book arrived, as typography is normally a rather straight laced subject area, but the cover took the folksy, scribbly approach.
Quite a delight to look through the pages bursting with every possible approach to this subject.
It is always a privilege to view sketchbooks, especially if they are the genuine article and not a worked over and spruced up variation and this book is certainly no exception.
A delight right through and many happy hours of browsing ahead.
Thank you to the authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Curtin on May 26, 2012
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The copy in the book is nominal, but its really about the sketches anyway. I've been illustrating for years and was looking to get more into custom type and hand lettering and this is a great, wide and varied reference that will give tons of ideas. Especially if you're into type but not yet an expert, seeing these really diverse sketches will help you nail down your own work. It's also just a huge book, tons of images. Really happy with it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marion on March 21, 2013
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This is a nice "coffee table" book to have. I don't love every page in it, but its nice to flip through. Its not a how-to book either, just shows a lot of sample work that other people have done. I thought I would like it more, but it's pretty nice.
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Not to say this is a bad book but I got sucked in by all the great reviews that the gushing that I read about on someone's blog. So I ordered, took a quick look thru, was WILDLY disappointed, and promptly packaged back up to return. Granted, I was looking (and will still be) for something that was more along the lines of showing "modern" calligraphy. That aside I would have kept it if I felt it had some merit or was artistically pleasing. Again, totally missed the mark for me. It seems really "arty"but in a bad way...some of the stuff is just a bunch of doodles or scribbles gone bad. Maybe I'm not deep enough...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Ramsey on December 17, 2013
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As a lover of type and a fan of Louise Fili or Milton Glaser I fell in love with this book. As a young artist in the making I was able to learn so much more about other famous/well known artists/typographers just by buying and sitting down to read this book. Alone it is inspiring by just flipping through it's pages.. it's a keeper
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