An A-Z of Type Designers

Neil Macmillan

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August 1, 2006
208 pages, 8 1/2 x 11
124 b/w + 234 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300111514
PB-with Flaps

Laurence King

This handsomely illustrated volume features a comprehensive listing of outstanding type designers from around the world, ranging from Johann Gutenberg (c. 1394–1468) to the present day. Arranged alphabetically by designer, the book  features the work of more than 260 figures in type design, many of whom are among the field’s most renowned—including Morris Fuller Benton, Matthew Carter, Adrian Frutiger, Claude Garamond, Eric Gill, Frederic W. Goudy, Bruce Rogers, and Hermann Zapf—as well as entries on lesser-known designers whose contributions to typography are substantial. Entries are illustrated by examples of the designers’ work taken from posters, private press editions, magazine covers, book designs, and rare archival specimens.

An A–Z of Type Designers also features eight essays by leading contemporary typographers Jonathan Barnbrook, Erik van Blokland, Clive Bruton, John Downer, John Hudson, Jean François Porchez, Erik Spiekermann, and Jeremy Tankard. These authors discuss different aspects of contemporary type design, including typeface revivals, font piracy, and designing fonts for corporate identities.

A comprehensive account of the figures who shaped the history and evolution of typography, this book is an essential reference for both graphic designers and students.

Neil Macmillan works independently with designers and art directors styling type for use in newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, and corporate identities.

"Primarily a reference guide to more than 275 typographers and their fonts, the book also features eight essays by contemporary typographers. . . . The essays provide some real meat to this reference guide. . . . The A-Z entries are illustrated by examples of the designers' work taken from posters, private press editions, magazine covers, book designs, and rare archival specimens, and include the field's most renowned designers as well as some of the lesser-known designers whose contributions to typography are substantial."—Step Inside Design

“This illustrated, user-friendly guide by Neil Macmillan lists many of the outstanding type designers from Gutenberg to the present day. The likes of Carter, Frutiger, Garamond, Gill, Goudy, Zapf, and nearly 300 more are included, and entries are illustrated with examples of the designer’s works.”—Graphic Design USA

"This specialized reference book seems intended not only to provide facts about type designers but also to humanize them. . . . Featured designers [are] represented with a list of [their] type designs, a paragraph or two of history and, when applicable, lists of writings and Web links. . . . The book would appeal exclusively to type nerds if not for the surprisingly engrossing opening essays that probe the social and corporate uses of type, as well as those thorny licensing issues."—Glen Helfand, C M Y K Magazine

Selected by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) as "The Best of the Best of the University Presses: Books You Should Know About"