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Fifty Type Faces That Changed The World (Design Museum Fifty)

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See the 50 most influential fonts not just on the page of the book, but in use on cellphone screens, billboard posters, perfume packaging, aircraft hulls, buildings and more. This witty, engaging insight into the meanings of type ranges from classical Rome to the digital future, via pivotal moments over the past few hundred years.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Conran (first published September 2nd 2013)
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Natalie
I liked it – what I understood. Too much was left unexplained for this uninitiated reader – why Albertus is called Albertus, for example, and what's the difference between being a member of a "family" of types and being a type with a completely new name despite having been based on another print type. The glossary could have been more extensive – I went looking for "grotesque" with no luck.

The book did send me off searching for more on Pouchee and his decorative alphabets, and it was fascinating
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Cynthia
Jul 15, 2014 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved looking at all the fonts and typefaces. This book is easy to follow, with a short descrip of the history of 50 major typefaces, how they were created and how they evolved into the 21st century. The writing is a little dry and I think assumes you have a pretty good working knowledge of fonts. I wish they showed more of the typefaces. If you're really interested in the history of type, i prefer "Just My Type" by simon Garfield.
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It's a fun read through the history of typefaces, good book.
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