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!
Whether you own the book or are interested to learn more, please visit: www.letterfountain.com