Type: The Secret History of Letters

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I.B.Tauris, 12 juin 2006 - 248 pages
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If you've ever wondered exactly what a Zapf is, or if Baskerville has anything to do with Sherlock Holmes, Type is the answer to these questions and more. This is the story of the passions, and obsessions of the creator of type; of the influences of wars, persecution, and political upheaval, and the effects of business and technological breakthroughs on fonts and typography. From Gutenberg's first moveable type to the Internet, Simon Loxley tells the stories behind the letters, giving readers a cultural history unlike any other. After reading Type, readers will never look at the printed word in the same way again.
 

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Typographer and designer Loxley's aim in this history is to show how the "human baggage of ambition...treachery and love" affected the development of Western typefaces. Thus, we get the well-known ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Introduction
1
I The adventure and the art the obscure origins of a revolution
7
Dynasty in which William Caslon makes Britain the type centre of the world
28
Garamuddle when is a sixteenthcentury typeface not a sixteenthcentury typeface?
40
The maverick tendency the type and strange afterlife of John Baskerville
43
Meltdown a stroll around a fallen giant
55
Hideous Italians thicks thins and the rise of advertising type
62
American spring creating the modern age
68
Europe after the rain rebirth and twilight
168
Two ghosts forgotten technologies from the dustbin of history
183
Motorway madness David Kindersley and the great road sign ruckus
190
A company man Herb Lubalin and the International Typeface Corporation
201
The twentysix soldiers fiddling with the format
208
New gods Neville Brody and the designer decade
216
Revolution again liberating the letter
228
Inside the microfoundry twentyfirstcentury type
233

An awful beauty the private press movement
79
Under fire Frederic Goudy type star
93
Typecast on the trail of the metal fanatics
103
Going Underground Edward Johnstons letters for London
109
The doves and the serpent Stanley Morison and the Wardes
123
Dangerous passions radical European typography in the interwar years
136
Leper messiah Gill semilight Gill heavy
157
Typocalypse
236
Illustration credits
241
Bibliography
242
General index
244
Typeface index
247
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Simon Loxley is a practicing typographer, designer and teacher. He lives in London.

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