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This book has a stylish cover that uses just type to create the illustration, this, of course, being the theme for the book. To designers type is the essential element that makes a page pleasing to read or jarring. Much time is spent carefully laying out pages with different faces and sizes, bold serif sans serif italic small large. Basically a lot of time is wasted trying to determine what will and wont work for the new concept that's being created. It is designed to help and it does so perfectly. If you're more interested in photography than design switch off now, but if you need to have the perfect typeface for a newsletter, book project, magazine, stationery design or whatever this book will deliver.
The book is beautifully designed throughout the 192 pages and really has to be because it lacks photographs or illustrations. The first section takes you through the anatomy of typefaces, font technology and fine-tuning looking at spacing, size and alignment. Then it goes into page after page of examples of modern and classic type faces each with not just examples of bold italic and size that you'd normally see but also with varying hyphenation and justification settings so you really can see the font working. There's a full explanation of each font too so you really can get to know that style. The last section shows you how to create your own fonts.
This book is twenty quid well spent and should be the designers essential handbook that you'd keep by the computer.