The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles

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A visual treat for anyone who loves fonts and typographic design.

The Anatomy of Type explores one hundred traditional and modern typefaces in loving detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. The full character set from each typeface is shown, and the best letters for identification are enlarged and annotated, revealing key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design. Containing in-depth information on everything from the designer and foundry, the year of release, and the different weights and styles available, The Anatomy of Type is more than a reference guide to the intricacies of typeface design. It is a visual send-up of some of the world's most beloved typefaces, beautifully displayed in vibrant color.

About Stephen Coles

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Stephen Coles is a writer and typographer living in Oakland and Berlin. After six years at FontShop San Francisco as a creative director, he now publishes the websites Typographica, Fonts in Use, and The Mid-Century Modernist. Stephen is a regular contributor to Print and Codex magazines, a Type Camp instructor, and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard. He also contributed editorial content to the most recent edition of FontBook: Digital Typeface Compendium. Tony Seddon has worked for a design consultancy, as senior art editor for an illustrated book publisher, and as art director for two visual arts publishers in a career spanning over twenty years. Now working freelance from his home in the south of England, he is the author of several books, including Graphic Design for Nondesigners, Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans (with Sean Adams and John Foster), and Typography, Referenced (with Jason Tselentis, Allan Haley, and Richard Poulin).
Published December 18, 2012 by Harper Design. 256 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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We chuckle at cruel, font-based humor: "Comic Sans walks into a bar and the bartender says, 'We don't serve your type here.' " We leap to correct those who naively say "font" when the correct term is "typeface."

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