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Letter Fountain

Hardcover, 6.6 x 9.4 in., 3.68 lb, 640 pages
US$ 69.99
Letter Fountain is a completely unique typeface handbook. In addition to examining over 150 typefaces and the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet, punctuation marks, and special characters, this must-have guide contextualizes type design in a broader art history. You’ll also find an index of over 250 type designers and a conversion ruler with hidden shortcuts for your keyboard.

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

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 aesthetics 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. It is thoroughly hardbound in half linen with three ribbon bookmarks
and also boasts a typographic ruler with conversions between four measurement systems and hidden shortcuts for your Apple keyboard!
The editor and author

Joep Pohlen is a graphic designer, devoted with heart and soul to professional typography. With his colleague and friend Geert Setola he founded Dutch Fontana Publishers in 1994 and together they published their first edition of Letterfontein. From 2002 to 2010 Joep Pohlen rewrote most of the contents and enhanced the book to 640 pages. He has won several book design awards on typography and art.

Letter Fountain
Hardcover, 6.6 x 9.4 in., 3.68 lb, 640 pages
Reader's Question: Could you tell me, does Letterfountain include information about websites where I can download the fonts discussed?

Joep Pohlen: Letter Fountain has extensive indexes and one of them is the Index of typefaces and another is the Index of type designers. In both indexes you will find the foundries behind each typeface mentioned in the book. With that information you can easily find a distributor on the internet.
Above that I can give you a couple of internet links were you can find most of the typefaces:
For finding similar fonts you can look at www.identifont.com
There are many more but on these sites you will find 99% of the quality fonts presented in Letter Fountain, also those from individual designers and small foundries.

Reader's comment: As a constructive critics please read Wikipedia
where you can see that a better term is Typeface Letters rather than Letters Fountain.

Joep Pohlen: As the author of the book I have chosen the name thoroughly. There are a couple of reasons why the name Letter Fountain was chosen for the English version. One reason is because the original version is called Letterfontein in Dutch. The reason we have chosen the word 'Letter' in the English title is because in the past a single character of a typeface that was casted in lead was called a letter in English. You can see that in terms like 'letterspacing' that are still used today. Because Letter Fountain also deals with the history and the origin of our typefaces, we thought that it fits well with the contents of the book. So, for more than 500 years a character was called a letter. And that fact we also wanted to celebrate in the title.
Letter Fountain
US$ 69.99