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The Evolution of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces (edició 2015)

de Tony Seddon (Autor), Stephen Coles (Pròleg)

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The Evolution of Type takes you on a journey through the development of type design and typographic style from the mid 15th century to the present day by way of 100 typefaces chosen to represent the key elements of style and form used by the punch cutters, calligraphers, and designers of their day. Presented in chronological order according to release date, each typeface is discussed in terms of its origins and its impact on the design and the print industry, and latterly for screen and digital use. Versions released in metal foundry type for hand-setting, as hot metal type for the Monotype and Linotype machines, as phototype, and as digital revivals or originals, are covered in detail alongside information about the people responsible for the design and development of each adaptation of the typeface. Key glyphs from each face are annotated to indicate the specific features that mark out how typeface design has evolved over the last 500 or so years, and visual comparisons are shown to illustrate how typefaces created years ago have influenced the design of many contemporary releases. For the general reader, this book gives a fascinating insight into the history behind the typefaces people read, and at the same time provides a valuable resource for typographers and designers to help inform their choice when selecting the most appropriate typeface for a project.… (més)
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Títol:The Evolution of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces
Autors:Tony Seddon (Autor)
Altres autors:Stephen Coles (Pròleg)
Informació:Firefly Books (2015), 256 pages
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It's a lovely book, elegantly laid out, with a restrained use of colour and fonts. But Lordy, is it ever dull. I think you have to be really, really, really interested in fonts to enjoy this one. I was hoping for something that would help explain why the shapes of type would evoke certain associations, but for the most part there's text explaining something like "this font was based on the typeform by Frenchie LeParisien in 1740, and redrawn by Person McDesigner who worked at Linotype, but the OpenType font is better because it has the x-height of the original," etc., etc., so specific and dry, with occasional mini-biographies of the type designers. As fun as that sounds, after 10 or 12 iterations of the same kind of information, and the realisation that it's going to continue basically unchanged for another 88 or 90 fonts, well, it's dispiriting.

This is not a book who prose style compels you to return for more (unless you're really into that, in which case this is the book for you!) Every so often one of the essays would grab me a little more than usual, but then we'd be back to the extreme dryness that permeates the text (sorry to be oxymoronic--I'm sure wetness permeates more easily).

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
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The Evolution of Type takes you on a journey through the development of type design and typographic style from the mid 15th century to the present day by way of 100 typefaces chosen to represent the key elements of style and form used by the punch cutters, calligraphers, and designers of their day. Presented in chronological order according to release date, each typeface is discussed in terms of its origins and its impact on the design and the print industry, and latterly for screen and digital use. Versions released in metal foundry type for hand-setting, as hot metal type for the Monotype and Linotype machines, as phototype, and as digital revivals or originals, are covered in detail alongside information about the people responsible for the design and development of each adaptation of the typeface. Key glyphs from each face are annotated to indicate the specific features that mark out how typeface design has evolved over the last 500 or so years, and visual comparisons are shown to illustrate how typefaces created years ago have influenced the design of many contemporary releases. For the general reader, this book gives a fascinating insight into the history behind the typefaces people read, and at the same time provides a valuable resource for typographers and designers to help inform their choice when selecting the most appropriate typeface for a project.

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