Books of the Week: Typography Books

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At Blurb we have a special love for text, typography, and fonts — after all, book printing began with type. Browsing through the Blurb Bookstore, we see that many Blurbarians also share our love of letters. Here’s a roundup of some books about the print on the page:

The Dadaists saw typography as a playground. Dada: a typographical revolution is a book that perfectly matches its subjects’ inventiveness without upstaging it. It’s also a great primer on the history of type.

Writer and designer Don Moyer spent two years exploring the versatility of the forms of letters. Alphabetdoodles is the result. Letters are blown up, pruned down, tweaked, morphed, fried, and mechanized to produce 226 pages of letter mutations.

Nikesh Gauchan takes a different approach than Moyer. Citing typographic master Mathew Carter’s dictum that “type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters,” Gauchen renders whole images with words.

And of course there’s the typography we encounter every day. Brad Birmingham’s Typography in Photography is a beautiful survey of letters in the wild.

There are too many books to list here, so take a browse through our virtual bookshelves and discover more. And let us know of some of your favorites in the comment section.

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3 Comments

  1. Take a look at the book Pairs by Robert cattan
    similar concept very different
    execution

    By lesli sandler
      June 25, 2011 – 1:05 pm   Permalink
  2. Lesli,
    Thanks for the tip. “Pairs” is a beautiful book. Well worth checking out.
    best,
    Eileen H.

      June 27, 2011 – 9:58 am   Permalink
  3. Hey Lesli,
    I just realized that you probably wanted to respond to our post about the book “Match.” Either way, thanks for giving us the heads up on “Pairs.”
    best,
    Eileen H.

      June 27, 2011 – 10:21 am   Permalink

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