- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers; 1 edition (May 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881792101
- ISBN-13: 978-0881792102
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Gutenberg to OpenType: An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts Paperback – May 24, 2006
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Most books on fonts are written for graphic artist professionals, who generally care little about the history of type, but are big into the 'feel' of type. I find these too ephemeral, too highbrow, for someone with a scientific background. Others are written for people interested in the history of type, printing, etc., and provide no information on using type today.
This book covers both bases well. It treats type faces historically, tells why some were invented (some fonts were developed as a result of the invention of advertising) and gives (at least to those of us who do graphic design work part-time-I work for a small company and do occasional graphic design) hints on using type faces, like which faces generally do well as body type versus headline matter, when leading or spacing is needed, etc. Great examples, both historic and current, show examples of many fonts in use.
Very well printed, in a large enough size to make examples clearly visible (where many type books fail) and provides multiple examples of using each type face (another common failing). Highly recommended for everyone interested in the history of printing and to beginners and amateurs in the use of typography today.
Michael N. Marcus
Silver Sands Books
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Perfect for someone like me with a longstanding interest in typefacesPublished 5 months ago by Alan
It was nice doing business with you. I got the item in good condition. Keep it up!Published on September 27, 2009 by Jesus Marca