Numbers in Graphic Design

By Roger Fawcett-Tang

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  • Paperback
  • 450 colour illustrations
  • 320 pages
  • 245 x 190
  • ISBN 9781780670034
  • Published October 2012

Focusing on how graphic designers tackle the ordering of number-heavy information, this book shows how the best design minds around grapple with timetables, annual reports and other data-rich documents. It also includes a chapter outlining the basic typographic and detailing rules relating to numbers.

Featuring the work of such names as Stefan Sagmeister, Karin von Ompteda, Joost Grootens, Socket Studio, Stapelberg & Fritz, Form, Willi Kunz, Helmut Schmid, Build and Cartlidge Levene, Numbers in Graphic Design is bursting with inspirational examples of how to approach almost any design situation featuring numbers.

Numbers in Graphic Design is the sourcebook for any designer who wants to be able to work with numbers creatively and with confidence.

About the Author

Roger Fawcett-Tang is a British graphic designer with a special interest in book design and calendars. He is the founder of the award winning Struktur Design which has been featured in numerous design books and international magazines. He has written several books about design including Experimental Formats (vols 1 and 2), New Book Design, and New Typographic Design.

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1. Addition

Timelines/Counting methods

2. Data 

Statistics/Report and accounts

3. Order

Timetables/Listings

4. Chronology

Calendars/Diaries/Clocks

5. Abstraction

Deformation/Vernacular/Type Design

6. Form

Graphic/Digits/Expression

7. Multiplication

Signage systems/Supergraphics

8. Subtraction

Reduction/Simplification

'This practical guide surveys one of the more fascinating players in graphic design, and one that isn't limited by linguistic or cultural boundaries. Essentially, the book is about putting an end to the corporate pie chart and exposing methods of dealing with numerical displays in a way that is beautiful and digestible.' 
James Thorne, Cool Hunting

'Fawcett-Tang, a British book and calendar designer, has collected an assortment of comtemporary examples of designed numbers in everything from train and bus schedules to clocks and diaries. The recent trend of making numbers into architectural and interior design statements is the most compelling part of this book.'
New York Times