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Typography Sketchbooks

Steven Heller, Lita Talarico

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Nearly 120 of the world’s leading typographers and graphic designers open up their private sketchbooks to reveal their creative processes


Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on screen, and selected by the world’s most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks.

Arranged by designer, this collection reveals how the world’s top typographers and designers strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words.

Contributors include both the world-renowned – Milton Glaser, Erik Spiekermann, Peter Bilak and Jean Baptiste Levée – and the up and coming, while Steven Heller and Lita Talarico’s text provides invaluable commentary on the designers’ creative process, their design philosophies, inspirations, techniques and influences.

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'Endlessly interesting and provides a sharp insight into the kind of mind needed to invent lettering, as well as casting a keen new light on the text we see around us every day'
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'Page after page of stunning and inspiring sketchbook images '

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.5 x 18.5 cm

Extent: 368 pp

Publication date: 2 July 2012

ISBN: 9780500289686

About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of many books, including Stencil Type, Graphic, Typography Sketchbooks, New Ornamental Type and New Vintage Type, all published by Thames & Hudson.

LitaTalarico is the founding editor of American Illustration & Photography and the other co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department at the School of Visual Arts. She is also reporter-at-large for Italian Design Graphics.