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The Visual History of Type: A visual survey of 320 typefaces

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The Visual History of Type is a comprehensive, detailed survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing with movable type in the mid–fifteenth century to the present day. Arranged chronologically to provide context, more than 320 typefaces are displayed in the form of their original type specimens or earliest printing. Each entry is supported by a b ...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Laurence King Publishing
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Nick Chantarasak
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible achievement of a book dedicated to the history and design of typefaces. It's a mammoth book, and one which could be considered purely as a reference book, however it is written with character and depth that makes it enjoyable to read from front to back, particularly because of its chronological approach. Each typeface is given a personal history, including the philosophies that influenced each designer and where the typeface fits into the canon of typeface design. Incredibl ...more
Nancy
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Visual History of Type" by Paul McNeil is by far the heaviest and most comprehensive collection on type design. Covering the period from the mid-15th century to present day, it’s clear any graphic designer working with type will be in for quite a treat. At a whopping 672 pages, this beautifully designed 7.5 lb book is equally daunting and delightful to read over long stretches of time. Part design history, part typographic primer, part reference guide and part type specimen print archive, t ...more
Jennifer
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, good book full of a lot of info about different type/fonts. Good examples, but if you have no interest in type of any kind you might find it a bit dry. I didn't but I'm studying Graphic Design, so its useful to read lol ...more
Thorny
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
For such an enormous book, I expected so much more. While the historical samples are very interesting, the text itself is kind of dry - definitely aimed at left brain learners.
Russell
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An incredible book for type nerds. Incredibly complete and immersive. Excellent photographs, digital renderings of old type, analysis (beautifully calls out the details and unique aspects of each typeface) and some very interesting stories. It’s a marathon of a book, I read it a wee bit at a time, and let it soak in. I don’t think i’ll see letters the same ever again.

It’s a fantastic way to learn about how various styles of type developed over the years. Highly recommend for designers.
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