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The Precision Type Font Reference Guide: The Complete Font Software Resource for Electronic Publishing, Version 5.0 Paperback – May 1 2000


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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks (May 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881791822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881791822
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 22.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,461,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Newman is president, CEO, and co-founder of Precision Type. Brenda Newman is executive vice-president.

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By A Customer on Oct. 12 2000
The title sums it up. This is a reference for fonts. The sample print is very fine quality displaying listed fonts at their best. This is a book that has a place on any graphic artist's bookshelf. I thumb through this like a dictionary. So many fonts are listed this book would be huge if not for the fine weight of the paper it is printed on. This makes the book fragile for a frequently handled reference. This is my only regret.
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I highly recommend!! It is an excellent font reference book for anyone that uses many fonts for production or personal use. Having an extensive "visual" of fonts makes matching up new client fonts so much easier. A must have for typsetters and graphic designers.
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By A Customer on Oct. 5 2000
I think this book is an excellent reference for designers who constantly need typographic inspiration. The dingbat collections are excellent to use as graphics. The book does not actually contain the fonts, so don't buy it thinking you're going o get thousands of fonts.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Identify A Font Oct. 12 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The title sums it up. This is a reference for fonts. The sample print is very fine quality displaying listed fonts at their best. This is a book that has a place on any graphic artist's bookshelf. I thumb through this like a dictionary. So many fonts are listed this book would be huge if not for the fine weight of the paper it is printed on. This makes the book fragile for a frequently handled reference. This is my only regret.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Font Reference Guide a Typesetters must! Sept. 5 2001
By gotbostons - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend!! It is an excellent font reference book for anyone that uses many fonts for production or personal use. Having an extensive "visual" of fonts makes matching up new client fonts so much easier. A must have for typsetters and graphic designers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference guide Oct. 5 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I think this book is an excellent reference for designers who constantly need typographic inspiration. The dingbat collections are excellent to use as graphics. The book does not actually contain the fonts, so don't buy it thinking you're going o get thousands of fonts.
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Outstanding Reference March 23 2010
By Vista Bill Raley - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this book was printed 15 years ago, it remains one of the best reference guides to type faces. Back when I was still working with type, when I needed to identify a type face, I turned to this book first. It's one of the few that show the entire alphabet (usually) in an easy to see size. It's still valuable today since many of the fonts are timeless classics. Another feature is the font listing (and brief showing) by foundry. Some of the foundries are now out of business so this is also a historical reference. If you plan to purchase the book, you might want to shop around for one since the price for the used copies varies greatly. Be sure you get a nice clean, unmarked copy, though. The paper for the pages and the cover are a bit thin and if the previous owner was careless with it, the book will show signs of usage (wear). I have two copies. One is my "working copy" and the other is my "bookshelf copy". Highly recommended to anyone that has an interst in type.
An Excellent Resource April 20 2013
By Rory Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent resource for anyone in the Graphics, Design, Publishing, Communications or Artistic world who has a love for type. Covers pretty much every major typeface or font group there is. Fonts can become stale through over use and over exposure, so this book is an excellent guide if looking for something a little different or simply something to inspire your next design or graphics project. For those who are reliant on digital font management apps to search for fonts, you'll find that having a hard copy book like this offers a very different view of typefaces. Our eyes are far more critical of design that is reflected back at us off paper, than that which is "shone" at us via a monitor (which allows us to ignore detail that is surrounded by lit up pixels). So some of the nuances of a particular typeface, presented like this (in black, on white paper), are often more easily noticed and appreciated in print. And attention to detail is the essence of great design. Even if that detail is surrounded by oodles of white space.... :)


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