Laurence King, London. 2008. 192 pp. 4:o (25 x 24 cm). Paperback. 700 illustrations. New copy.
This book focuses on the letterforms and typography in public places, from road signs to building names, that help us to navigate cities and countryside and contribute to a sense of place. Featuring examples from around the world, the book discusses the function and execution of signage. Visually led, Signs contains 700 colour images grouped together thematically and described in extended captions, showing the best current examples alongside historical material. Part resource, part celebration, the book forms an exciting visual compendium.
Phil Baines is a senior lecturer in graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and author of Type and Typography (2nd edition, 2005). Catherine Dixon is a visiting tutor in typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Together they curate the Central Lettering Record, London.