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Revival Type

Digital typefaces inspired by the past

Paul Shaw

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A wide-ranging survey of revival typefaces focusing on digital fonts with roots in the past

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Revival Type is a collection of contemporary digital fonts with origins in the past. Examples include direct revivals of metal and wood typefaces, while others are looser interpretations of older typefaces. Among the fonts are interpretations of classic designs by Nicolas Jenson, Claude Garamont, Robert Granjon, William Caslon, John Baskerville, Giambattista Bodoni, Firmin Didot and other iconic names. Alongside them are typefaces rooted in the work of important, though lesser known, names such as Eudald Pradell, Philippe Grandjean and Richard Austin. Finally, there are updates and revisions of 20th-century classics like Palatino, Meridien, DIN, Metro and Neue Haas Grotesk (the original name of Helvetica).

Some designs are not revivals of typefaces but of letterforms, from inscriptions to calligraphic manuals to letters in posters and bookjackets. Some revivals are aesthetic extensions of 20th-century typefaces that have been updated technologically. Others are actually reinterpretations or variations on typefaces from the past necessitated by having to make types that function in the 21st century and not in the distant past. Revival Type looks at type ‘revivals’ in this broad manner.

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'Simply the best recent publication about type … a book of real scholarship, inspiringly delivered'

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound (no jacket)

Size: 24.6 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 16 March 2017

ISBN: 9780500241516

Contents List

Typeface Revivals: Copies, Models and Muses • Type Terminology • A Note on this Book Inscriptional: Ancient Rome to the Baroque Era • Blackletter • Oldstyle: Nicolas Jenson to William Caslon • Chancery Italics • Transitional • Neoclassical • Slab Serif • Sans Serif: Grotesque, Geometric, and Humanist • 20th-Century: Serif Types from Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue to Adrian Frutiger • Display: Wood Type, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and More • Scripts: Pointed Pen and Brush • Further Reading

About the Author

Paul Shaw is the award-winning designer or co-designer of 18 typefaces. He also teaches at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Jonathan Hoefler founded The Hoefler Type Foundry in 1989. He has designed original typefaces for Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and the band They Might Be Giants.

List of Contributors

Jonathan Hoefler, Abby Goldstein

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