The Little Book of Typographic Ornament

By David Jury

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  • Hardback
  • 700 illustrations
  • 240 pages
  • 7¾ x 6 ins
  • ISBN 9781780675893
  • Published August 2015

This little book contains a beautiful and varied collection of typographic ornaments sourced from specimen books of type foundries, dating from 1700.

David Jury explains how the need for typographic ornaments arose and developed, and sets them in their historical context. The chapters cover natural forms; geometric forms; rules and borders; wreaths, borders and scrolls; and pictorial ornaments. The last chapter charts the rise of the graphic designer over the last century, and how modern designers are now reinterpreting these typographic ornaments into new forms of art.

The Little Book of Typographic Ornament will be an invaluable reference for graphic designers, as well as providing a source of copyright-free images.

About the Author

David Jury is an award-winning graphic designer, writer and teacher. He has written a number of books on the subject of typography and was the editor of the award-winning journal TypoGraphic. His previous books include New Typographic Design and Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers.

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1. Origins

2. Natural ornamental forms

3. Geometric ornamental forms

4. Ornamental rules and borders

5. Combination borders, wreaths and scrolls

6. Pictorial ornaments

7. Ingenious art