The Visual History of Type is a comprehensive, detailed survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing with movable type in the mid-fifteenth century to the present day. Arranged chronologically to provide context, more than 320 typefaces are displayed in the form of their original type specimens or earliest printing. Each entry is supported by a brief history and description of key characteristics of the typeface.
This book will be the definitive publication in its field, appealing to graphic designers, educators, historians and design students. It will also be a significant resource for professional type designers and students of type.
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“A mind-blowing catalogue of typefaces and type history… a fantastic, heavyweight compendium of letterforms that’s a firm WIRED art department favourite.” – WIRED magazine
“The Visual History of Type is a comprehensive, detailed survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing…This book will be the definitive publication in its field, appealing to graphic designers, educators, historians and design students.” – Against The Grain
“Accessible, highly readable and, moreover, a type book to pore over and simply enjoy as the history of the medium evolves chronologically from page to page.” – Creative Review
“This exquisitely produced, extensively researched and extraordinarily comprehensive work is a definitive study of the history of type.” – New Design
“The Visual History of Type is a beautiful book. Its arranged into hundreds of short chapters invites one to peruse it haphazardly for pleasure. Beneath its coffee-table appearance lies a genuine reference work.” – The Times Literary Supplement
“Paul McNeil’s book is an exhaustive, lavishly illustrated portrait showing the evolution of typeface design, and covering over two centuries of the most important developments. Well designed and beautifully printed it deserves to be on every graphic designer’s bookshelf.” – Amazon readerRead related blog article