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This book steps back from the usual typographic discussions found in style and design manuals and places type in the context of the larger social and cultural movements that influenced and were influenced by it, from the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris to deconstruction in our own time. Beautifully illustrated, carefully researched, and eloquently presented, this volume traces type decade by decade through the turbulence of the century and the rapid changes in technology and viewpoint that repeatedly threatened to degrade the craft and from which it always emerged fresh and vital. Recommended for all graphic arts and larger art collections. See also Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style and Alex White's Type in Use , reviewed below.--Ed.
- Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Lewis Blackwell est un conferencier et un ecrivain emerite qui exerce une influence internationale sur les tendances en matiere de creation. Il est l'auteur d'ouvrages salues par la critique, notamment Remix: 20th Century Type en 1999. Lewis Blackwell a assure l'edition et la redaction de l'essai cle d'Ed Fella Letters on America, qui s'est vu decerner un prix Gold Award par le New York Art Directors Club et s'occupe de l'edition de Soon auquel ont collabore plusieurs chefs de file mondiaux de la creation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised ed. edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300100736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300100730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This type book wasn't as helpful as the others (solely in my opinion as a graphic design student). The teacher required this book for the semester yet it was hardly used and I never found myself resorting back to much information this book provided like I have other type books I have purchased previously. Not a fail but not a 5 star.
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This is a great book containing a very good overview of the 20th century changes in typography. It covers everything from pre-art nouveau to postmodernism. A good resource for any design or typography library. My only complaint is that Blackwell waxes a bit too poetic on 1990's postmodernism. Also, they used a tight-fitting Helvetica for the body copy - so reading it takes some effort.

This is certainly worth having in your collection.
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This book has one chapter for each decade of the 20th century and a collection of fonts at the end of the book. There are a couple of pages on the anatomy of a font, too. Each chapter consists of a chat about the important fonts of the centry and how and why they were developed. The accompanying pictures tend to be of book covers and advertising. There are samples of many of the fonts throughout the book, too.

There is alot of assumed knowlege in this book. I did not understand most of the printing or font terminology and the terms I wondered about tended not to be in the glossary. Perhaps because I did not start off knowing much about the fonts, the information/chat just seemed to be thrown down. There were no specific exmples or illustrations of how fonts that were derived from each other differed from each other.

Arial was not mentioned in the book or the index. How interesting that a book might be intersting because of what is left out of it. A quick check of the net revealed to me that Arial is uncool because it is a Microsoft loyalties-dodge rip of Helvetica. Everyone on the net seems to prefer Helvetica. Well, even before I knew about this controversy (i.e. 10 minutes ago), I MUCH preferred Arial over Helvetica. It was as if every letter was different. Well, it just goes to show the difference a small change can make. Now I recon that Helvetica is way too uptight compared to Arial. So there.

P.S. No cudos for the authors for dodging the Arial/Helvetica issue. I recon it illustrates what an enormous difference a small difference can make to the vibe of a font. Isn't that a cool thing to have illustrated to one?
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