Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander S. Lawson

By Alexander S. Lawson

To the layman, all printing varieties glance an identical. yet for typographers, photograph artists and others of that lunatic fringe who think that the letters we glance at day-by-day (and take totally without any consideration) are of profound significance, the query of the way letters are shaped, what form they think, and the way they've got developed continues to be certainly one of passionate and carrying on with concern.

Lawson explores the great territory of sorts, their improvement and makes use of, their antecedents and offspring, with precision, perception, and readability. Written for the layman yet containing exhaustive learn, drawings and synopses of typefaces, this booklet is a vital addition to the library of someone s typographic library. it truly is, as Lawson states, now not written for the printer confident that there are already too many typefaces, yet quite for that curious a part of the inhabitants that believes the other; that the subtleties of refinement as applies to roman and cursive letters have not begun to be absolutely investigated and that the creation of the proper typeface continues to be a aim to be as a lot wanted through current as through destiny variety designers. an individual intending to typographic knowledge should still personal and treasure this vintage.

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