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Essential Type: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Using Fonts

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A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to fonts, essential for anyone who engages with type in their daily lives

Have you ever wondered which typeface is used for airport signs? Or about the history behind the Times New Roman font? We are constantly engaging with type, yet many of us struggle to use it effectively or simply to understand the basics. This beautif
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Yale University Press
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H James
Oct 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: type-typesetting
Essential Type comprises two parts of roughly equal proportion: a glossary of type-related terms and a specimen book of forty or so typefaces. The specimen book is reasonably successful, with the typefaces well selected to evenly pepper the spectrum of serif, sans serif, slab serif, script, and other styles. Faces are presented at multiples sizes and weights, and interesting features are noted. There’s a focus on identification that doesn’t strike me as particularly useful to most readers, but i ...more
Roberto
This book succeeds as an “illustrated guide to understanding” typography terms, anatomy, history, classification and a limited reference to well known and used fonts. Well illustrated, although repetitive at times, this book is basically another list of terms and notions, not unlike most books on type out there. Hopefully next edition will correct a glaring mistake on page 144, the text describing The Carpenter font family was replaced by a duplicated text describing Akzidenz-Grotesk, that's a m ...more
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This book details the parts of a font character and describes them. Very detailed descriptions.
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