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The anatomy of letters - Everything you could ever want to know about printing letters and numbers

The anatomy of letters

Everything you could ever want to know about printing letters and numbers

Letter Fountain

US$ 69.99
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Looking back as far as man’s first efforts to communicate with visual signs and drawings, Letter Fountain is a completely unique typeface handbook: in addition to examining the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet (as well as punctuation marks and special characters), the book cross-references type designs with important works of art and art movements from Gutenberg’s times until today. Further attention is given to the esthetics of the digital age and typographical recommendations such as the choice of the right typeface for a job. Rounding out the guide are an in-depth comparison between sans-serif and serif typefaces, an essay about measuring systems and indications, advice about typographic rules, plus a manual for developing digital fonts.

Over 150 typefaces, their origins, and font characteristics are discussed in detail, visually explained by full page tables including scale, weight, and useful alternatives. The extensive appendix contains a general index, a typeface index (more than 300 are depicted in the book), an index of over 250 type designers, an exhaustive index of type foundries, a graphical dictionary, and a bibliography for further reading.

This book received a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from Type Directors Club New York (TDC) in 2010, and a red-dot design award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Special features include:
  • thoroughly hardbound in half linen with three ribbon bookmarks
  • 144 pages appendix with resourceful glossary and indices
  • convenient typographic ruler with conversions between four measurement systems and hidden shortcuts for your Apple keyboard!

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  • Letter Fountain is a creative’s dream. Inside you’ll find in-depth studies on the form and anatomy of every single letter in the alphabet as well as information on the history and metamorphosis of special characters and punctuation marks. You don’t have to be a graphic designer, typesetter or typographer to appreciate this guide, either. Thanks to the straightforward writing style and easy-to-follow voice, Letter Fountain also serves as the perfect beginner’s guide to typography.”

    — Selectism, New York
  • “…a book hefty enough to teach you all you need to know (and plenty more) about typefaces. With over six-hundred information-packed pages, the book contains not only a fascinating history of type, thoughts on digital aesthetics and discussions on how to choose appropriate combinations of typefaces but also a wonderfully thorough section displaying specimens of well know type faces and useful alternatives to them.”

    — Grafik, London
  • “…the ultimate typeface handbook.”

    — New Design Magazine, London
  • "Even as publishing marches into the Kindle’s cold clutches, publishers are exploring the unique qualities of print. TASCHEN’s Letter Fountain is a gorgeous, borderline excessive celebration of the many riches of typography."

    — Time Out Chicago, Chicago