Laurence King, London. 2006. 200 pages. 4to (28 x 21,5 cm). Paperback with flaps. 358 illustrations. New copy.
This illustrated A-Z features outstanding type designers from around the world, from Gutenberg to the present day. Arranged alphabetically by the designer’s name, the book contains more than 260 biographical profiles. Entries are illustrated by key typefaces taken from a wide range of sources, including type specimens, original posters, private press editions and magazine covers, and also give a list of work and, where applicable, further reading references and a website address. An essential reference for typographers, graphic designers and students, the book also features a full index and eight short texts by leading typographers – Jonathan Barnbrook, Erik van Blokland, Clive Bruton, John Downer, John Hudson, Jean Fran is Porchez, Erik Spiekermann and Jeremy Tankard – that cover different aspects of type design, including typeface revivals, font piracy, designing fonts for corporate identities and the role of nationality in type design.