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Typography Sketchbooks
Steven Heller , Lita Talarico

ISBN 9781616890377
Publication date 12/15/2011
7.3 x 9.6 inches (18.5 x 24.4 cm), Hardcover
368 pages, 350 color illustrations, 186 b/w illustrations
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Typography is an obsession for most designers. It's at the heart of all visual communication and is one of the purest forms of design, one that can always be improved and refined. Typography Sketchbooks gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word images and logos through their private sketchbooks. The result of these wide-ranging typographic musings provide fascinating insights into the expressive quality of letters and words. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on-screen, this pleasing compendium stresses the importance of good typography at a time when reading habits are changing and celebrates a craft that has endured for centuries.
Typography Sketchbooks includes work by Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman, Bob Aufuldish, Matthew Carter, Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas, Erik Spiekermann, Peter Bilak and Enkeling, and Jean-Baptiste Levee.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design Department at New York's School of Visual Arts. He is the author of many books on graphic design, most recently Handwritten, New Vintage Type and New Ornamental Type, all published by Thames & Hudson. Lita Talarico is the founding editor of American Illustration & Photography and the other co-chair of the MFA Design Department at the School of Visual Arts. She is also reporter-atlarge for Italian Design Graphics.


Editorial Reviews
"A fine new addition to both the 10 finest books on typography and our favorite peeks inside the notebooks of great creators: Typography Sketchbooks is like a visual window into the minds of the worlds most exciting type designers and, in turn, into the intricate art-science of typography itself a medium both creative and practical that has to walk the tightrope between centuries-old tradition and bleeding-edge innovation with equal parts grace and agility in an era of changing reading habits and design expectations."

DART: Design Arts Daily:
"Typography Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press 2011), covers just about every nuance of visual communication from just about every possible approach to type design, from the highly controlled sketches ofMatthew Carter (Cambridge, MA) to the free-wheeling headline sketches of Andy Smith (London, UK) to the sublimely beautiful photographic alphabets of Bob Aufuldish (San Anselmo, UK). Its a must for musing and inspiration for visual narrators. And it includes URLs for the contributors."

Communication Arts:
"Heller and Talarico have struck gold again with sketches revolving around type, type treatments, and letter forms... Any reader who doodles will feel an itch in their fingers looking at these pages."
"The scope of this book is actually slightly overwhelming, drawing attention to the fact that what we normally think of as a small group of specialists actually is a vast spectrum of people doing different sorts of type-related work. A couple of notable standouts for me were: Margaret Cusack with lovely headline lettering, friend of Grain Edit Michael Doret with his intricate logotype, Jesse Ragan who creates incredibly detailed typeface designs (Cedar Italic is featured) and Bernard Maisner with some beautiful examples of calligraphic scripts. When we get the chance to look back beyond the final vectorized works that we all admire so much, we can see how and where these great craftspeople begin their process. I think a great lesson to take away from this book is that every beautiful project begins with many rough sketches. Pick up your own copy and get started sketching your own letters!"

Fine Books & Collections:
"Know someone who loves design? A devotee of letter forms or ABCs? Then this celebration of type should be on your list. This book peeps into the private sketchbooks of talented typographers like Emek Golan, Andy Smith, Tom Schamp, Daniel Pelavin, Bernard Maisner, Katie Lombardo, Jonny Hannah, and so many more. This book is bursting with amazing, colorful, often whimsical, imagery."
"Typography Sketchbooks is a beautiful new title from Princeton Architectural Press. It should have massive appeal to anyone interested in the astounding possibilities of the letterform.""
"Its amazing to see more traditional process side by side with more expressive, illustrative work. Highlights for me include the written musings of Maira Kalman, the painted words of Leanne Shapton, and Tom Schamps animal-shaped letters."

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