New Books on Typefaces
As promised before, we’re returning with an update on new books about design, in general, and types in particular. After browsing through the virtual shelves, we’ve picked a couple of titles about typefaces that changed the world, those in the urban landscape and last, but not least, those in magazines. These are fresh titles discussing old and new fonts alike. Handle with care. And curiosity. Enjoy!
This book, published in September 2013, under Typography & Lettering, explores 50 of the most influential typefaces out there, in the world, and shows them in use on posters, perfume packaging, buildings and more. Written by John L Waters, it is an insightful exploration of the digital revolution that has made typesetters of us all as we define our identities through the typefaces we choose to communicate with the world. Believe it or not, this is book of stories too. For instance, you’ll find out the one of Gotham – the typeface used in Obama’s first presidential campaign. Needless to say, the book is full of visual treats too. All in all, it sounds like a must for all typography afficionado.
Also published in September, “The Field Guide to Typography” is a comprehensive celebration of the expanding typographic world written by Peter Dawson and Stephen Coles. It explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from airplane liveries to computer screens, from billboard hoardings to signage systems. The book managed to bring together over 120 typefaces old and new, common and unusual with photographic references to help font spotters identify particular typefaces in the wild. Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, and Field Facts provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness.
So, this book has two major qualities: it is attractive, but also informative. It works as a visual reference for novice font fans, but also experienced designers.
The last ten years of magazine publishing have been rather troubled, but this was also a period of rapid innovation, providing a vital record of the eras diverse visual trends. “The Modern Magazine” is not a surprise, it’s a necessity given the present global situation of magazines publishing. It explores the issues now facing the industry, examining changes to the basic discipline of combining text and image for the global, Internet-savvy consumer. And it features some of the best editorial design, looking in particular at how magazines have adapted to respond to digital media. The book looks at key developments in the field, interviewing a broad range of specialists to discover their understandings of the current state of the industry and how different areas of publishing influence each other.
Again, you’ll have the pleasure of browsing through great visuals and genuine insight into the process of magazines creation. Great resource for designers, as it also discusses new developments and trends, links to blogs, and more.