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Type: The Secret History of Letters [Paperback]

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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 12, 2006
Publisher   I. B. Tauris
ISBN  1845110285  
EAN  9781845110284  

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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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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Simon Loxley, a graphic designer and writer, has contributd to Design Week, Baseline, Printing History and Parenthesis. He is the editor and designer of the St. Bride Library journal Ultrabold, and the author of Type: The Secret History of Letters.

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About the people, not about type itself  Jun 3, 2007
I bought this book, thinking it would educate me about the different kinds of type and how the edesign of type evolved. This is an interesting book, but it's mostly a history book about the people who designed type and does not focus on their innovations. I'd recommend a book more focused on design "Elements of Typographic Style" if you are looking for a book about type itself.

I'd retitle it to "The Secret History of the people behind Letters"
Ah, the poverty of Times New Roman . . .  Oct 8, 2005
Even though I'm not a typographer or type-designer, when I began engaging in desktop publishing a decade ago and sought out guidance for the decisions I suddenly had to make, I became interested in the history and minutiae of fonts and letterforms for their own sake. Also, in pursuit of a master's degree in library science more than thirty years ago, I took an elective in the "History of Books and Printing," so the background knowledge was already there. Loxley has produced a thoroughly fascinating social and philosophical history of the development of type, beginning with Gutenberg (who may or may not have been the inventor of moveable type) and following the development of words-in-print down through the centuries to the Nazi affection for Blackletter and the present-day democratization of the field via the personal computer. The author is very knowledgeable, especially about biographical details and personalities among western type designers. Illustrations and quotations are frequent and the book itself, naturally, is very nicely designed with footnotes and cut-lines set off in a one-third-size outside column. Though this is Loxley's first book, I hope it won't be his last.

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