4th out of 25 books — 9 voters
Typography is an obsession for most designers. It's at the heart of all visual communication and is one of the purest forms of design, one that can always be improved and refined. Typography Sketchbooks gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word images and logos through their private sketchbooks. The result of these wide-ranging typographic musings provide...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press
(first published September 12th 2011)
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This is a really great book because it really gets back to the beginnings of the fonts which designers have developed. The fact that there is a little type to explain the background every now and then is great and the images themselves would have made a stunning book. For the cost of this book it has been well worth it throughout my Typography project and just for reading for fun. I love this book and I think that the sketches within are truly inspiring and exciting for anyone who enjoys type.
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Here's a colourful book for graphic designers and the typography fanatics.
It collects more then 90 artists and their experimentation with typography.
They are mostly hand drawn. You won't see much of the rigid fonts. Almost every one looks playful. There are some fonts created for comics, some grew plants to form letters, 3D fonts, painted fonts, and many more. The styles are wide-ranging and fascinating.
It's a great collection of ideas to look at when need to come up wi...more
A great look see for people like me who are obsessed with type. I found it really inspiring to see who artists work and how their ideas form. If you've ever wondered where fonts come from or you just like looking at awesome sketches, take a look at this book!
Apr 26, 2012 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Oooh, this is cool -- as one reviewer put it, "type-gasm!" I especially like the work of Katie Lombardo, aka Katie Daisy, on p. 181 (http://www.katiedaisy.net/), and any of the lettering done in watercolor with variegated color. This is a big book on heavy paper -- a nice coffee table/inspiration book if you like seeing ideas develop through sketches. (Speaking of -- do everyone's sketchbooks look this nice?! Now I'm going to be sketching thinking, "must compose jauntily and nicely -- this may g...more
Every time I look at this book, my passions for graphic design, typography, and even the art of doodling are reignited. It reminds me that there are no mistakes in typography sketching. It's a time to simply be with the paper and ink/pencil/paint/whatever and see what happens.
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...moreMore about Steven Heller...