Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller – Book Review

It’s hard to imagine any other area of work for the Graphic Designer that’s subject to as much scrutiny as their skill with type. It’s basic fundamentals are understood the world over, and effective type can suggest a brand ethos, an advertising message or hint at a movie’s plot before you’re even conscious of reading it. Let’s not even get into what happens when type goes bad!

Designers Steven Heller and Lita Talarico present an engaging look at the sketchbooks from over 100 dedicated creatives who take up the type challenge. From the precise work of typographer Mathew Carter to the highly illustrative approach of Emek, we go ‘behind the scenes’ to see their successes and failures in presenting their most beautifully formed letters to the world. Coupled with a short bio plus thoughts on the design process and sketchbook keeping, this is an insightful look at the painstaking work involved in an area of creativity that most of us take for granted.

Typography Sketchbooks – By Steven Heller & Lita Talarico
Thames & Hudson
Hardcover, 368 pages
24.8 x 19.2 x 4.2 cm 


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