Typophile Books: Type Design



Afrikan Alphabets

by Saki Mafundikwa
Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; (September 2003)
Paperback: 184 pages
ISBN: 0972424067
Price: $31.50  Buy It!

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Alphabook: Typeface Design & Application

by Roger Walton (Editor)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns; (May 1999)
Hardcover: 184 pages
ISBN: 0688168515
Price: $27.97  Buy It!

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Calligraphic Type Design in the Digital Age:
An Exhibition in Honor of the Contributions
of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf

by John Prestianni
Publisher: Gingko Press; (April 15, 2002)
Paperback: 204 pages
ISBN: 1584230967
Price: $34.97   Buy it!

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Counterpunch: Making Type in the
Sixteen Century, Designing Typefaces Now

by Fred Smeijers, Robin Kinross
Publisher: Chronicle Books; (February 1997)
Paperback: 184 pages
ISBN: 0907259065
Price: $28.00   Buy it!

Reviewed by Joe Pemberton
Smeijers brings relevance to modern (digital) type design by illustrating the nuances of designing with metal. Much more than a history lesson, this book sheds light on the assumptions and process of our predecessors in a way that challenges our thinking about designing with modern, digital tools. Smeijers finishes with a call to designers to embrace the current media and push the boundaries of past conventions.

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Designing Typefaces: Insight

by David Earls
Publisher: Rotovision; (December 2002)
Hardcover: 160 pages
ISBN: 2880466997
Price: $40.00   Buy it!

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Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design

by Walter Tracy
Publisher: David R Godine; (December 2003)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN: 1567922406
Price: $19.95  Buy It!

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Logotypes & Letterforms: Handlettered Logotypes
and Typographic Considerations

by Doyald Young
Publisher: Windcrest; (1993)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ASIN: 083063956X
Price: Out of Print

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Metro Letters: A Typeface for the Twin Cities

by Deborah Littlejohn (Editor)
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; (January 2004)
Paperback: 200 pages
ISBN: 0972969616
Price: $34.36  Buy It!

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Paul Renner: The Art of Typography

by Christopher J. Burke
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; (January 1999)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN: 1568981589
Price: $24.50  Buy It!

Reviewed by Nick Shinn
What fascinates me most about typography is the sheer amount of meaning contained in a typeface. A quantum hologram, the more you look the more you find.
     No one has looked harder than Chris Burke, here. This is a heavy-duty piece of scholarship written by a type designer. And what a story, putting type design at the centre of world events and contextualizing it with respect to everything: the designer's personal life, his design work and teaching, technology, politics, culture, business, and so on. All the details of Renner's life illuminate Futura, including those that happened many years after he designed it.
     As a type designer, I found reading this to be very empowering, giving great relevance to a geeky, obscure pursuit.

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Type Design: Radical Innovations and Experimentation

by Teal Triggs (Author)
Publisher: Harper Design International; (October 21, 2003)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN: 0060567597
Price: $28.00  Buy It!

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Type: Hot Designers Make Cool Fonts

by Allan Haley
Publisher: Rockport Publishers; (December 1998)
Hardcover: 144 pages
ISBN: 1564963179
Price: $29.95  Buy It!

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Typographers on Type: An Illustrated Anthology
from William Morris to the Present Day

by Ruari McLean (Editor)
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company; (April 1995)
Hardcover
ISBN: 0393702014
Price: $18.90  Buy It!

Reviewed by Jean François Porcez
One of my prefered readings. All these short stories are gems to read. [The text is] similar in quality to John Dreyfus' highly expensive Into Print published a couple of months [prior]. Not much illustration here, it's really a book to be read, that's it. Composed in FF Quadrat.

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Typographically Speaking

by Margaret Re, Johanna Drucker, James Mosley
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; (September 2003)
Paperback: 104 pages
ISBN: 1568984278
Price: $24.50  Buy It!

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Typologia : studies in type design & type making,
with comments on the invention of typography,
the first types, legibility, and fine printing

by Frederic W. Goudy
Publisher: University of California Press
Hardcover: 170 pages
ASIN: 0520033086
Price: $60.00  Buy It!

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Wim Crouwel — Alphabets

by Kees Broos
Publisher: Gingko Press; (December 2003)
Paperback: 144 pages
ISBN: 9063690371
Price: $34.36  Buy It!

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