12 December 2006

The Fundamentals of Typography

I like books explaining typography, because they are forced to illustrate the points they are making, and the result is usually pages with plenty of visual interest. That's what makes books such as Eric Spiekermann's Stop Stealing Sheep and James Felici's Manual of Typography so popular. This book covers similar ground in a historically comprehensive fashion. Its first part is devoted to the development of language and the history of writing systems. This shows the gradual evolution of alphabets and the gestation of what we now call typefaces or font families. These expand after the invention of printing in the Renaissance then explode into a galaxy of styles following industrialisation. Gavin Abrose and Paul Harris trace this development in particular detail during the second part of the last century, following each step of recent digital ... Read more >>

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