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The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy Paperback – May 6, 2009
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"These luscious typographic bon bons will astonish your eye, stun your mind, and rekindle your darkest cravings." -- Ellen Lupton (June, 2009) --Ellen Lupton, curator of contemporary design Cooper - Hewitt, National Design Museum
"These luscious typographic bon bons will astonish your eye, stun your mind, and rekindle your darkest cravings." --Ellen Lupton, June 2009
"...what I love so much about The Handy Book is that it is not JUST vintage eye candy. Clouse and Voulangas provide historical context, explain the rise of this design aesthetic, discuss its relation to letterpress technology of the time, and bring things up to the present in considering its influence upon designers and letterpress printers today." --Handmade Librarian, June 26, 2009
"Suddenly artistic printing is on my radar, now more than ever.... The phrase less is more was not the case with this 19th century aesthetic." --Faye + Co., June 9, 2009
"The Handy Book of Artistic Printing covers an oft forgotten period of design history. In the 19th-Century engravers, printers, and the like struck out against the traditional design and presented intricate boarders, corner embellishments, and quirky typefaces. Advertisers jumped at the new style, which became known as Artistic. As quickly as the style was adopted, it just as abruptly fell out of favor. The authors of The Handy Book of Artistic Printing assess the origins of the look in the British Aesthetic Movement and provide firm analysis of key features." --Selectism, June 10, 2009
"After flipping through the pages I was left feeling incredibly inspired! The book shows examples of a highly decorative style of letterpress from the late 1800's- Rich, ornamental typography and graphics utilising gorgeous colour schemes and referencing motifs from different eras and cultures. " -- Amy Moss --EatDrinkChic, July 16, 2009
"The Handy Book of Artistic Printing beautifully reproduces more than 150 examples of this lost and disparaged work, along with essays that contextualize the movement in the history of American printing. .... likely to inspire a nostalgia in art lovers. The book is a reminder that debates about aesthetics were once undertaken with a deadly seriousness, and that experimentation in the commercial realm was once the norm." --The Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2009
"Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas book The Handy Book of Artistic Printing is one of the best publications devoted to the history of American artistic printing. This handsome book which was recently published by the Princeton Architectural Press,takes you back to the late nineteenth century where letterpress printers, engravers and lithographers boldly challenged the rational sobriety of traditional design by introducing intricate borders, corner embellishments and quirky typefaces...The book is particularly useful to graphic designers, fine artists and type designers." --Upscale Typography
"When I heard of this book, The Handy Book of Artistic Printing I ordered it immediately. Upon its arrival I was instantly inspired by its contents: the diverse layouts, the complex and minute details, and the color palettes. I spent days sketching and flagging pages and when I finally sat down to the computer this postcard design came to life." --2Birdstone
"For the Letterpress enthusiast with a thing for those long ago freaky days of fancy, I give you: The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas." --Printeresting
"Adolf Loos, the architect, condemned ornament as a sin. Yet there are much worse design crimes (and I'm sure you can share many in the comments section). Even if you subscribe to Loos's proto-modernist dictum, you may still enjoy the sinful pleasure of ornament. If so, I recommend a veritable Whitman's Sampler of ornamental confections from the Victorian age of "artistic" printing: The Handy Book of Artistic Printing: A Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and Other Freaks of Fancy. Now that's a mouthful, but the title is no less ornate than the printers' flourishes that you'll find in this handsome volume by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas."
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Although this is a collection of the finest work, the authors also include examples of typomania and other artistic mistakes.
I bought this for my typomaniac granddaughter who absolutely flipped over it.
This book is fun, interesting and well written. The samples shown are incredible.
I suggest it to everybody: from the historian to the lover of contemporary cool type.
There is always something to learn from the past and from this book there is plenty to learn.