Tuesday, 8:00am
16 August 2016

Books received #21 (Type books)

Rian Hughes, Edward Johnston, Script Fonts, a lexicon of terms and the Triumph of Typography

Here are a few typographically themed books worth knowing about … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.

For Typodiscography Hughes puts all his typographic eggs in one display basket: every typeface, from Absinthe and Acton to Zinger and Zond.

Typodiscography: the complete font collection. By Rian Hughes with interviews by Domenic Lippa, Yves Peters and William Owen. Device Fonts, £20 (pb) £30 (hb), available via Lulu (links at foot of post).
Top: Spread from new (2016) edition of Edward Johnston’s Writing & Illuminating & Lettering (1906)



Rian Hughes Cover

For Johnston’s centenary, a facsimile of his classic Writing & Illuminating & Lettering on uncoated with a Tube-focused intro on gloss paper.

Writing & Illuminating & Lettering. Edward Johnston, 1906. New edition with introduction by Paul Felton. D & B Books, £25.



Script Fonts is a mega-specimen of 300-plus items: Carter’s Shelley, Donaldson’s John Handy, Trump’s Jaguar, with some freebies to boot.

Script Fonts. By Geum-Hee Hong. Laurence King, 2016, £24.95 (hardback with CD).



Script Cover

Let’s Talk Type engages with anatomy (lobes, eye), glyphs, terms (cicero, gutter), classification & a host of faces in a handy handbook.

Let’s Talk Type: An Essential Lexicon of Type Terms. By Tony Seddon. Thames & Hudson, 2016, £14.95




The Triumph of Typography is a snapshot of current thinking with essays by Frijhoff, Poynor, Lupton, Van Blokland, Biľak and more.

The Triumph of Typography: Culture, Communication, New Media. Compiled and edited by Henk Hoeks and Ewan Lentjes.
ArtEZ Press, 2015, €49.50. Design and typesetting: Patrick Coppens.



Triumph Cover

Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.