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This anthology is designed to enrich the reader's understanding of 20th-century type design and typography. It contains more than 50 important, known and rare texts by critics, historians and type designers about the history, aesthetics and practice of type design and typography. There are essays by major type masters such as W.A. Dwiggins, Hermann Zapf and Paul Rand, as well as critical analyses of vintage and contemporary type and type design. The book specifically pinpoints those texts that should increase the common knowledge of typographic history and criticism. It spans the 20th century, with emphasis on the time from 1940 to the start of the 21st century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781581150827
ISBN-10: 1581150822
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 175mm x 13mm)
Pages: 275
Imprint: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Steven Heller

Steven Heller is a senior art director at The New York Times, editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, and chair of the graduate design program at the School of Visual Arts. The recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement, he is the author or editor of more than 70 books on graphic design, including Graphic Design Time Line, Sex Appeal, The Swastika, Design Dialogues, The Education of a Graphic Designer, Design Literacy, Design Literacy (continued), Design Culture, Looking Closer 3, Looking Closer 2, and Looking Closer, all published by Allworth Press. He lives in New York. Philip B. Meggs teaches graphic design history at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of A History of Graphic Design.

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