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B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters / Sacks
B4085. Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters by David Sacks. 2010. 240pp. 9"x11". Hardcover

This lavish colorful collection, from A to Z, of alphabetic examples explores the language of letters in a fascinating and largely visual way. Starting with the origins of the written word, it then explores the alphabet through illustrations, found objects, graphic design, art, conceptual typography, graffiti, and much more. It features letters of all shapes and sizes and alphabets ranging from Victorian classroom aides, Dr. Seuss’ ABC, and the alphabet’s use in art, to ABC Blocks, phonetics, Braille, and alphabet ice cube molds. This beautiful compendium will inform and entertain.




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B4155. Creative Lettering Workshop / Riley
B4155. Creative Lettering Workshop: Combining Art with Quotes in Mixed Media by Lesley Riley. 2015. 144pp. 8.25"x11". Paper

This how-to book guides you through a variety of mixed-media techniques for adding words and phrases to complement your art. The 24 projects encourage you to explore your visual vocabulary through stamping, image transfers, stenciling and much more. You are introduced to many techniques and tools for handmade letters. The letters used for the quotes in the projects vary from calligraphic, casually hand-lettered, and just handwriting, to digitally produced and to stamped, rubbed, stickered, and pasted on. Includes an inspiring gallery of artists who share their own tips and tricks for creatively working with their favorite quotes. The emphasis is on combining words and image, rather than fine lettering.




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B4148. History of Writing, A / Christin
B4148. A History of Writing: From Hieroglyph to Multimedia edited by Anne-Marie Christin. 2002. 403pp. 10"x11". Hardcover

A total of fifty-eight lavishly illustrated chapters analyze the role of the image in the history of writing, with detailed commentaries from a team of leading specialists. Together they explain the evolution of more than 30 key scripts and alphabets and their numerous derivatives. The scope of the material, along with extensive documentation, make this an essential contribution to existing scholarship on this fascinating subject. Illustrated throughout in color and black and white.




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B4138. Lettering and Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces
B4138. Lettering and Type: Creating Letters and Designing Typefaces by Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals. 2009. 144pp. 7"x8.5". Paper


Authors and designers Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals examine classic design examples as well as exciting contemporary lettering of all stripes—from editorial illustrations to concert posters to radical conceptual alphabets. Lettering & Type is ideal for anyone looking to move beyond existing typography and fonts to create, explore, and use original or customized letterforms. This latest addition to the best-selling Design Briefs series features a foreword by Ellen Lupton and hundreds of images and examples of work by historical and contemporary designers, artists, and illustrators, including Marian Bantjes, Stefan Sagmeister, Matthew Carter, Christoph Niemann, Steve Powers (ESPO), House Industries, Christian Schwartz, Margaret Kilgallen, James Victore, Abbott Miller, Sibylle Hagmann, Ed Fella, and many more. Throughout the book, interviews with type designers, artists, and graphic designers provide real-world perspective from contemporary practitioners.




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B4062. Handwritten / Heller & Ilic
B4062. Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic. 192pp. 10"x10". Paper

This title is out-of-print. A limited supply of used copies is available.

Presents hundreds of examples, presented in creative themes: "Scrawl" (letterforms that are raw, splotchy, untidy); "Scratch" (scraped, cut, and gouged fonts); "Script" (type that is sinuous and ornate); "Simulate" (faces that have been redrawn or copied); "Shadow" (dimensional, voluminous, and monumental letterforms); "Suggestive" (forms that imply the metaphorical, surreal, and symbolic); and "Sarcastic" (the ironic, comic, and satiric in lettering).




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B2929. While You're Reading / Unger
B2929.While You’re Reading by Gerard Unger. 2007. 240pp. 6.75"x9.5". Hardcover

This book is about everything that happens while you are reading - in front of your eyes and inside your head - and about what type designers, typographers, and graphic designers bring to a page to make reading happen. Renowned type designer Gerard Unger explores topics including legibility, invisible typography, pattern recognition, the reading process, the ergonomics of letterforms, the universe of signs, and typographic illusions.




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B900. Words of Risk / Gullick
B900. Words of Risk: The Art of Thomas Ingmire
By Michael Gullick. 1989. 90pp. 65 illus., many in full color. 9" x 12". Paper. Retail Price $25.00.

Using words as subjects, Ingmire's work has progressed from the transcription of texts to complex multi-layered visual statements. His juxtaposition of and interplay between words and images challenge the traditional role of calligraphy as "decorated writing." The book describes the work and working process of Ingmire and reproduces virtually all of his major pieces, many in full color.




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B2873. 1001 Illuminated Letters/Jones
B2873. 1001 Illuminated Initial Letters: 27 Full-Color Plates by Owen Jones. 1988. 32pp. 9.25" x 12.25". Paper

Michael Sull uses this resource for illuminated initials for recognition scrolls and other pieces. You are presented with over three dozen variations for each letter of the alphabet, using acanthus leaf, white dot, filigree, and other motifs. Full-color throughout.




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B4137. Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering
B4137. Shadow Type: Classic Three-Dimensional Lettering by Steven Heller and Louise Fili. 2014. 352pp. 7"x9.8". Paper

This book presents a broad spectrum of examples of relief and shadow lettering -- from advertising, shop signs, billboards, posters, type-specimen books -- drawn from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, a particularly rich period for these kinds of letters. The selections are from the United States, Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, as well as a few from other countries. This collection is packed full of ideas and inspiration -- you will find a surprising number of ways to give depth to letters.




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B1277. Explicatio Formarum Litterarum/Aris
Explicatio Formarum Litterarum: The Unfolding of Letterforms by Rutherford Aris. 1990. 50pp. plus 23 foldout plates. 9.5"x12.25". Paper over boards.

This book displays as graphically as possible the development of the forms of the Latin letters from the first to the fifteenth century. The foldout plates contain nearly 200 black & white reproductions of various scripts. The text relates the development of letters to that of other arts, making comparisons that shed light on the spirit of an entire age; for example, between the evolution of gothic letters and the pointed arches in gothic cathedrals. Many other fascinating insights into medieval thought, culture & history are included in the book.

Download the errata sheets for Explicatio Formarum Litterarum.




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