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Twentieth Century Type Designers

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Editor: Sebastian Carter
Publisher: Trefoil Design Library
Publication: 1989, Reprint
Binding: Hardcover, section sewn
Pages: 168
Size: 235 x 250
Text: English

(Preface) 'Most people notice typefaces only when they are bad, and usually take them for granted - which is unconscious tribute to the skills of the designers. This book is written for the general reader who is aware that types differ, and would like to know more about how and why, and about the personalities who created them.

The skeleton shapes of our alphabet change hardly at all. Why then do skilled designers devote so much time, sometimes their whole lives, to drawing different versions of the outlines? To shed light on this question, Carter's new book examines the careers of a number of type designers working in this century, against the background of the enormous changes in the methods of creating and setting type, from metal characters composed by hand to the computerised technology of today.

The introduction in America, a hundred years ago, of three machines, the Linotype and Monotype hot-metal composing machines, and the Benton pantographic punch-cutter, revolutionised the manufacture of type, and the Benton machine in particular caused a flood of new faces by designers most of whom could not cut a punch by hand. More recently, filmsetting and digital typesetting have brought new opportunities as well as new disciplines.'

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Light rubbing and tanning to dust jacket. Light tanning to the interior pages. Please contact me for further information on condition.

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