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Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander S. Lawson
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Jun 26, 08

Read in April, 2008

I have been reading about fonts lately. In part, I was inspired to do so after seeing an article about the Barack Obama campaign's use of the typeface GOTHAM for its publicity. There is also a new documentary out on Helvetica (see segment on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-HVW-...).
Anyway, Alexander Lawson's book is a compendium of famous fonts, their origins and distinctive features. Want to know what a "kiss impression" refers to? Read on.... My favorite font is one called GALLIARD (chapter 11), a Matthew Carter typeface based on a sixteenth-century introduction by Robert Granjon. It must also have been Lawson's favorite, for it was selected for setting his Anatomy of a Typeface.
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