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Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age

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From wedding announcements to IOUs, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of scripts—some “classic,” others eccentric. 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 each other.

Scripts tend to fall in and out of f
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by Thames & Hudson (first published May 1st 2011)
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Jun 10, 2011 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-and-design
When I was little I developed a fascination with Holy Cards. I collected them like my brother collected baseball cards. Looking back I realize now it was more an indication of my obsession with design rather than a study of the saints. Everything about them was beautiful to me, especially the type setting on the back. How I longed to write with that kind of delicate flourish.

What's the point of this story? None other than this book is a collection of script typefaces and is almost as beautiful
Dec 07, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of eye candy! Not only the scripts, but also the gorgeous ephemera they're printed on.
Mar 01, 2017 Jocelin rated it really liked it
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There is nothing more perfect than the beautiful swirl of elegant script. This is a lost art form that will probably not exist in the next few years, except on computer fonts. It is such a shame.
Oct 17, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This book is seriously beautiful, and unlike Just My Type: A Book about Fonts, almost 100% visual. I know scripts and fonts are not quite the same thing, but this would be a great gift for anyone who likes either, or just plain eye candy and ads from another era.
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Jul 08, 2013 Christine Neo rated it liked it
Great reference for anyone interested in typography and graphic design in general. I'm an illustrator interested in hand lettering and calligraphy, and this book has come in handy. Even though the collection is made up of mostly sources from the past century, it is not difficult to adapt them for contemporary use.
Dec 04, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book for anyone who loves type, design and calligraphy. So inspiring and lovely to flip through or study . This is a great book to set out on your coffee table and enjoy! would make a beautiful gift. it certainly made me more aware of looking at all the print, signage, type, labelling, and advertising I come across in my daily life. Loved, loved, loved it!
Mar 26, 2013 Greta rated it really liked it
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This book was pure eye candy if you are a font enthusiast, if you enjoy lovely design, handwriting and vintage products and especially if you're fascinated by various cultures' (French, British, German, Italian, American) versions of those things.
Jan 28, 2013 Eling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, 2013
Not a ton of information here, but what there is is great, and the photos/illustrations more than make up for it. Amazing collection of lettering & vintage ephemera. Gorgeous. I will be returning to this often.
May 18, 2014 Penny rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautifully designed book. Its giving me a lot of inspiration for calligraphy ideas
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Jul 25, 2013 RW Press rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of script typography. Great for those days when inspiration is lacking.
Oct 05, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
As advertised in terms of quality and depth.
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Steven Heller writes a monthly column on graphic design books for The New York Times Book Review and is co-chair of MFA Design at the School of Visual Arts. He has written more than 100 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including Paul Rand, Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design Second Ed ...more
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