The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles – An online companion to the book — The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100…
The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces
AKA The Geometry of Type: The Anatomy of 100 Essential Typefaces
Students and professionals in any creative field can benefit from a good typographic eye. The Anatomy of Type (published in the UK as The Geometry of Type) is all about looking more closely at letters. Through visual diagrams and practical descriptions, you’ll learn how to distinguish between related typefaces and see how the attributes of letterforms (such as contrast, detail, and proportion) affect the mood, readability, and use of each typeface. Nutritional value aside, the spreads full of big type make tasty eye candy, too.
The typefaces featured in the book are hand-picked by the author for their functionality and stylistic relevance in today’s design landscape. Along with several familiar faces (such as Garamond, Bodoni,Gill Sans, and Helvetica), you’ll also discover contemporary fonts that are less common — and often more useful — than the overused classics.
Note: This is one book. There are two covers and titles (due to regional publisher requirements) but the content is the same.
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This book was written and designed specifically for the printed format. The author does not recommend the Kindle version.