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A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography
Comprehensive. That's the very first word that comes to mind with this remarkable 400-page compilation of information. But that happens to be the first word on the back of the book, chosen by the editors and publicity mavens at the publisher, Rockport. So perhaps it's suspect. At least, I rarely trust the blurb copy written by marketing people.Instead, let's try inclusive, thorough, sweeping, or wall-to-wall. Each is an accurate descriptor of this valuable and necessary volume. - Type Directors Club
"The many authors who worked on this volume—Haley (ABC’s of Type), Richard Poulin (typography, Sch. of Visual Arts NY; The Language of Graphic Design), Jason Tselentis (Type Form and Function), Tony Seddon (Graphic Design for Non-Designers), Gerry Leonidas (typography, Univ. of Reading, UK), Ina Saltz (electronic design & multimedia, City Coll., CUNY), Kathryn Henderson (Online and on Paper), and Tyler Alterman—have created an attractive, informative book with an uncertain purpose. The introduction pitches the title as something between a reference and a book for casual perusal (likening it to Judy Jones and William Wilson’s An Incomplete Education). A later section, ostensibly on designing with type, provides plenty of color pictures of modern applications but little textual analysis, making this section like part of a coffee-table book. However, the overall breadth of material, both conceptual and practical—including information about existing typefaces and how to work with them—and a section at the end listing schools, periodicals, conferences, museums, and websites related to typography, make it suitable as a textbook for an introductory college class on typography. Unsurprisingly, the book is also well designed. VERDICT: This title is somewhat technical for average readers, and the number of authors leads to uneven writing. Still, high school seniors and college students beginning their path toward careers as graphic designers or commercial artists will find this guide invaluable." — Library Journal
"Typography Referenced is a beautifully illustrated and superbly designed compendium of typographic history, language, and practice. The authors, who are among the most respected typographers in the field, have produced a book that is both exhaustive and authoritative. Not quite a textbook and not quite a reference book, it is best suited for colleges with a graphic design or typography program. Since the chapters are written individually by the different authors, some differences in writing style are evident; nevertheless, when Allan Haley, Richard Poulin, and Gerry Leonidas are among the authors of a book about fonts and typography, readers will not be disappointed. These leading authorities in the field teach at several of the outstanding design education institutions in the world. The result is a book that will be fascinating for working practitioners, students, and people looking for answers to technical questions. Though not specifically a reference work, this volume will serve admirably in this role for anyone interested in the arcana of typography. Chapters on type classification, type history, foundries, fonts, type designers, terminology, and the various letterforms that make up alphabets are beautifully presented. The book ends with very useful appendixes that offer information on publications, organizations, schools, conferences, films, and museums devoted to typography. This valuable work will be helpful to readers for decades to come.” – R.M. Labuz, Mohawk Valley Community College
Typography, Referenced has been named to the 2013 Outstanding Reference Sources List, an annual handpicked list from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of the American Library Association) of the most noteworthy reference titles published in 2012. Learn More.
Typography, Referenced has been named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 by Choice magazine, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Learn More.
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