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The Field Guide to Typography

Typefaces in the Urban Landscape

Peter Dawson


A collection of over 125 typefaces – old and new, common and unusual – found in the modern urban environment

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The Field Guide to Typography explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from public transport liveries to computer fonts, from billboard hoardings to road signage. It presents over 125 typefaces - old and new, common and unusual - with photographic references to help ‘font spotters’ identify particular letter forms in the wild.

Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, while ‘Field Facts’ provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness.

Attractive and informative, The Field Guide to Typography is a vital visual reference for novice font fans and experienced designers alike, and a celebration of our expanding typographic world.

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)

Size: 15.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 384 pp

Publication date: 2 September 2013

ISBN: 9780500241448

Contents List

Foreword • The Field Guide • Serif • Sans Serif • Display • Script • Symbols and Dingbats • Further Reading

About the Author

Peter Dawson co-founded his design practice, Grade, in 2000. He is a fellow and a former chair and board member of the International Society of Typographic Designers, and has also acted as a visiting typography lecturer at a number of universities. He is the author of The Field Guide to Typography, also published by Thames & Hudson.

Stephen Coles is a writer and typographer. After six years as creative director at FontShop in San Francisco, he now edits the websites Typographica, Fonts In Use and The Mid-Century Modernist. Stephen is a regular contributor to The Print and The Codex magazines, a Type Camp instructor and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard. He also contributed editorial content to the most recent edition of FontBook: Digital Typeface Compendium.

List of Contributors

Stephen Coles

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