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B4123. Lines to Live By / Gold B4123. Lines to Live By: Thoughts on being a 21st-century calligrapher by Mike Gold. 2016. 32pp. 8"x8". Paper
Commercial artist and lettering designer Mike Gold shares his thoughts on making contemporary lettering, accompanied by 44 beautiful, full-color examples of his calligraphic compositions.
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.
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..
B4141. Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter/Hansen B4141. Classic Book Jackets: The Design Legacy of George Salter by Thomas Hansen. 2004. 200pp. 8.2"x9.8". Paper
It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover. George Salter, a legendary figure in the field of book design, never subscribed to this belief. For more than forty years, his beautifully drawn and lettered covers served as elegant windows onto the works of such revered authors as Albert Camus, John Dos Passos, Jack London, and Thomas Mann. Salter had the rare ability to reduce the illustrated dust-jacket -- a new part of the book package -- to its essential elements. He could visually evoke -- with typography, calligraphy, and pictorial imagery -- the contents of any given book.
B4176. Studio Handbook: Lettering & Design B4176. Studio Handbook: Lettering & Design by Samuel Welo. 2017 (1931). 232 pp. 4.75"x7.25". Softcover.
This beautifully designed little book reflects the elegance of the Art Deco period and will prove a useful and entertaining resource for modern typographers and graphic artists. In addition to demonstrating the appeal and effectiveness of great lettering, it abounds in material that designers can adapt - borders, ribbons, dingbats, rules, and more. Like the 1931 first edition, it is printed in two colors and graced with a decorative hardcover binding.
Reprint of the Frederick J. Drake & Co., Chicago, 1931 edition.
B4201. Edward Johnston: A Signature for London / Taylor B4201 Edward Johnston: A Signature for London by Richard Taylor. 96pp. 7"x9". Paperback.
It’s one of the most iconic features of London life, yet perhaps the least celebrated: the Johnston typeface, which has decorated signage throughout the entire London Transport system for a century. This book celebrates the Johnston typeface and its creator, Edward Johnston (1872-1944), bringing him long-overdue recognition as one of the key creators of our shared visual image of London life.
Richly illustrated with images from the London Transport Museum - including maps, posters, station signage, and much more - the book traces the evolution of the Johnston typeface from its first use in 1916 through the many subtle changes it’s undergone in the century since, all the way up to its broad deployment for the 2012 London Olympics. No lover of London life or transportation buff will want to miss this beautifully designed and produced volume.
B4030. Eternal Letter, The / Shaw B4030. The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital edited by Paul Shaw. 2015. 264pp. 9.125"x11.5". Hardcover.
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This is a lavishly illustrated examination of the enduring influence of the classical Roman capital letter. Its chapters - by highly regarded practitioners in the fields of typography, lettering, and stone carving - discuss the subtleties of the classical letterforms, different iterations of it over the years, and the work of famous typographers and craftsmen. Contributors include John E. Benson, Nicholas Benson, Matthew Carter, Ewan Clayton, Lance Hidy, Jost Hochuli, Jonathan Hoefler, Richard Kindersley, Scott-Martin Kosofsky, Gerry Leonidas, Martin Majoor, Steve Matteson, James Mosley, Tom Perkins, Yves Peters, Werner Schneider, Paul Shaw, Julian Waters, Maxim Zhukov.
B4290. Hermann Zapf & the World He Designed /Kelly B4290. Hermann Zapf & the World He Designed by Jerry Kelly. 2019. 350pp. 6-1/8"x9-3/8". Hardcover
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In this comprehensive biography of Hermann Zapf, Jerry Kelly, Zapf’s friend and colleague of almost 40 years, traces the artist’s life from his youth in Nuremberg to his retirement in Darmstadt. Scrupulously researched at the Hermann Zapf archive in the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and at the Cary Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and enriched by decades of conversations with Zapf and his associates, the book details Zapf’s experiences with type companies, printers, publishers, and colleagues. It explores his modern design aesthetic and engagement with the staggering technological advances of typography during the twentieth century. Featuring rarities and never-before-seen works and photos, it also includes definitive lists of Zapf’s type designs and major calligraphic works. However, the volume is more than an in-depth appreciation of Zapf’s work; it is about his work in relation to his life.