18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review

by Fred Showker

18th annual typography, type, lettering, script and calligraphy books in review fonts festivalIt's that time again, and the year 2012 was a good year for typography books! Of particular note, there are another dozen good ones that don't hit the shelves until after November 1st ... so watch our November issue! Out of a slate of hundreds, here are our favorites for this year:
* Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks
* Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design
* Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior
* Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS
* Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
* Typographic Design: Form and Communication
* Typography : Graphic Design in Context
* Vintage Commercial Art and Design
* Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s
* Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
* The Little Black Book of Design
* Typography Sketchbooks

Typography Sketchbooks

Creative inspiration

This collection of typographic explorations, arranged by designer intimately reveals how over 90 of world's leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words. Established designer and up-and-coming talents include Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman, Bob Aulfudish, Matthew Carter (US), Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas (Spain), Erik Spiekermann, Viktor Nobel (Germany), Peter Bilak and Enkeling (the Netherlands), Jean Baptiste Levoe (France).
      Selected by the world's most knowledgable and well-connected graphic-design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller
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Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Creative inspiration

A delightfully inquisitive tour that explores the rich history and the subtle powers of fonts.
      Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do fonts come from and why do we need so many? Who is behind the businesslike subtlety of Times New Roman, the cool detachment of Arial, or the maddening lightness of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? Simon Garfield embarks on a mission to answer these questions and more, and reveal what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
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Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age

Creative inspiration

Seen in everything from wedding invitations and birth announcements to IOUs, menus, and diplomas, script typefaces impart elegance and sophistication to a broad variety of texts. Scripts never go out of style, and the hundreds of inventive examples here are sure to inspire today's designers. Derived from handwriting, these are typefaces that are stylized to suggest, imply, or symbolize certain traits linked to writing. Their fundamental characteristic is that all the letters, more or less, touch those before and after. ... 275 illustrations, 254 in color
      Communication Arts says : "For a type nerd, the only thing missing from Scripts is a centerfold of voluptuous Spencerian. . . . About ninety percent of the book is images, glorious images."
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age by Louise Fili
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Typographic Design: Form and Communication

Creative inspiration

For more than two decades, the type book of choice for design professionals and students
      This Fifth Edition of the bestselling text in the field offers detailed coverage of such essential topicsas the anatomy of letters and type families, typographic syntax and communication, design aesthetics, and designing for legibility. Supplementing these essential topics are theoretical and structural problem-solving approaches by some of the leading design educators across the United States. Unwrapping the underlying concepts about typographic form and message, Typographic Design, Fifth Edition includes four pictorial timelines that illustrate the evolution of typography and writing within the context of world events -- from the origins of writing more than 5,000 years ago to contemporary typographic applications.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Typographic Design by Rob Carter, Ben Day with special content by Philip B. Meggs
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Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks

Creative inspiration

Exquisite graphic design artifacts comprise this unusual collection culled from the pages of type and typography books dating from 1896 to 1936. Design professionals, students and teachers of graphic design, and anyone with an interest in vintage design will be delighted to find rare, never-before-reprinted type specimens, vintage layouts, logos, and decorations that will serve as an inspiration and resource for practicing and aspiring graphic designers. 400 black-and-white illustrations
      "Type lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy this gallery of vintage typefaces, ornaments, letterheads and trademarks."ID Magazine
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks from 1896 to 1936 by Louise Fili
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