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The A-Z of Typography
Classification * Anatomy * Toolkit * Attributes
An A-Z of everything you ever wanted to know about typefaces, typography and the printed page.
It opens with an A-Z of a range of significant fonts, chosen to represent the typographic spectrum. As well as looking at each font's historical context and design ethos, a pangram will showcase the entire alphabetic range of each font, as well as relaying a pithy message about the font's history, purpose or use. A chapter on Anatomy will deconstruct the letters of the English alphabet to reveal the anatomical structure of the letterforms, explaining terms such as bowl, crossbar, finial, ligature and spur. An examination of the typographer's toolkit explains how type can be manipulated and arranged on the page to create an arresting design. The final chapter examines the myriad signs, symbols and punctuation marks that litter the printed page, created to endow printed text with additional meaning and nuance.
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"The amount of research and understanding required to pull off a book of this kind is mind-boggling. . . . This is a beautiful book. It has what we in the business call 'high production value.' The interior is printed on coated text paper with brightly colored pages. The binding is hardcover and there is a ribbon! . . . A-Z of Typography is a delightful book, full of engaging information about a subject that is ubiquitous yet full of so many mysteries. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in typefaces, from the complete novice to seasoned typophile."--Publishing Research Quarterly