- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Design (Nov. 13 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062203120
- ISBN-13: 978-0062203120
- ASIN: 0062203126
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 25.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 885 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces Hardcover – Nov 13 2012
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From the Back Cover
A visual treat for anyone who loves fonts and typographic design.
The Anatomy of Type explores one hundred traditional and modern typefaces in loving detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. The full character set from each typeface is shown, and the best letters for identification are enlarged and annotated, revealing key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design. Containing in-depth information on everything from the designer and foundry, the year of release, and the different weights and styles available, The Anatomy of Type is more than a reference guide to the intricacies of typeface design. It is a visual send-up of some of the world's most beloved typefaces, whimsically displayed in vibrant color.
About the Author
The former creative director of FontShop, Stephen Coles now edits the websites Typographica, Fonts in Use, and The Mid-Century Modernist, and contributes to Print and Codex magazines. A Type Camp instructor, he is a member of the FontFont TypeBoard. He lives in Oakland, California, and Berlin, Germany.
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I would have appreciated a more exhaustive list of terms related to type anatomy. I think I understand the rationale of the author to stick to the terms that are widespread but still, I would have welcome to see the book live up to its cover promise where it reads: examining Shoulders, Spines and Tails in Detail. In example: there is no mention of what a shoulder is in the Anatomy of Type double page spread and, if I am not mistaken, in the whole book! Similarly a book on the anatomy of typeface, meant to be used as a reference guide, cannot, in my opinion, ignore fundamentally important concepts such as the contrast, a term which again is absent in the book.
In the part of the book devoted to in detail examination of typefaces, a quick fine-tuning of the - otherwise beautiful - double page layout will vastly improve the usability of the book: the body-text in the right page should be visually self-explanatory and be set in the actual typeface under scrutiny.
The choice of typefaces is, of course, a matter of personal taste and it is quite impossible to have two designers agree on any type list: I personally have enjoyed it a lot even if I could have lived with a couple of modern slab serifs less! :-)
Other than that, I LOVE this book and will be referring to it for a long time to come as I continue to learn about fonts. Definitely recommended in non-digital formats though. ;)