The Secret History of Letters
By (author) Simon Loxley
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Type by Simon Loxley
Book DescriptionType is the bridge between writer and reader, between thought and understanding. Type is the message bearer: an art-form that impinges upon every literate being and yet for most of its history it has conformed to the old adage that 'good typography should be invisible', it should not distract with its own personality. It was only at the end of the nineteenth century that designers slowly realised that they could say as much with their lettering as writers could with their words. Form, of course, carries as much meaning as content. Now, anyone within reach of a computer and its limitless database of fonts has the same power. "Type: The Secret History of Letters" tells its story for the first time, treating typography as a hidden measure of our history. From the tempestuous debate about its beginnings in the fifteenth century, to the invention of our most contemporary lettering, Simon Loxley, with the skill of a novelist, tells of the people and events behind our letters. How did Johann Gutenberg, in late 1438, come to think of printing? Does Baskerville have anything to do with Sherlock Holmes? Why did the Nazis re-invent Blackletter? What is a Zapf? "Type" is a guide through the history of our letters and a study of their power. From fashion through propaganda and the development of mass literacy, Loxley shows how typography has changed our world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845110284
(234mm x 170mm x 19mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Loxley
Type is Beautiful, Hardback (August 2016)
Of equal appeal to general readers, designers and typographers, this book is a vibrant cultural guide to fifty of the most remarkable typefaces.
Printer's Devil, Hardback (November 2008)» View all books by Simon Loxley
The book and type designer Frederic Warde is chiefly remembered for his collaboration with Stanley Morison, for his creation of the singular typeface Arrighi. This title draws on a wide range of surviving documentation to piece together a picture of Warde's often complex life during a critical period in the history of design, type, and printing.
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Author Biography - Simon Loxley
Simon Loxley, practicing typographer, designer and teacher, lives in London. This is his first book.
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