Hand Job

A Catalog of Type

Mike Perry


     8 × 10 in (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
256 pages
500 color illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568986265

In this digital age of computer-generated graphics and typography, it's refreshing to find typographers who still believe in working by hand. No longer relegated to designer's sketchbooks, hand-drawn type has emerged from the underground as a dynamic vehicle for visual communication--from magazine, book, and album covers to movie credits and NFL advertisements. As the practice and appreciation of hand-drawn type grows, it's time to celebrate the work of those typographers whose every letterform is a work of art.

Hand Job collects groundbreaking work from fifty of today's most talented typographers who draw by hand. Graphic designer and hand typographer Michael Perry selects work representing the full spectrum of design methods and styles. Each hand-drawn work is entirely shaped by the artist's unique process--every one a carefully executed composition enhanced by unplanned "accidents"of line, color, and craft. Hand Job also includes photographs of found type, artists studios, and the tools that help make typography come to life. Whether you are looking to invigorate your design work or are just in need of a little offbeat inspiration, Hand Job will have you reaching for your favorite pen.

Michael Perry (www.midwestisbest.com) runs a small design studio in Brooklyn, NY. Working with clients like Zune, Zoo York, Dwell Magazine, Chronicle Books, and so many more. He is currently working on two new books. He also recently started a magazine called Untitled a..., which explores his current interests. Doodling away night and day, Perry creates new typefaces and sundry graphics that inevitably evolve into his new work, exercising the great belief that the generating of piles is the sincerest form of creative process. He has shown his work around the world, from the booming metropolis of London to L.A. to the homegrown expanses of Kansas.

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