Letterfontein – het mooiste boek over letters – nu in Engelse vertaling: Letter Fountain

Joep Pohlen, Geert Setola
Letter Fountain
The Anatomy Of Type

Taschen GmbH, mei 2011

hardcover, Engelstalig, 640 pagina’s, 24,5 x 17 cm
ISBN 9783836525091, verkoopprijs € 52,99 46,99

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De Letterfontein, het typografische standaardwerk, geschreven, geredigeerd en ontworpen door Geert Setola en Joep Pohlen, verscheen voor het eerst in 1993. Eind 2009 verscheen de geheel herziene vierde editie van de Letterfontein. Uitgeverij Taschen brengt nu een Engelse editie van dit schitterende boek op de markt.

Everything you could ever want to know about printing letters and numbers

Looking back as far as man’s first efforts to communicate with visual signs and drawings, Letter Fountain is a completely unique typeface handbook: in addition to examining the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet (as well as punctuation marks and special characters), the book cross-references type designs with important works of art and art movements from Gutenberg’s times until today. Further attention is given to the esthetics of the digital age and typographical recommendations such as the choice of the right typeface for a job. Rounding out the guide are an in-depth comparison between sans-serif and serif typefaces, an essay about measuring systems and indications, advice about typographic rules, plus a manual for developing digital fonts.

Over 150 typefaces, their origins, and font characteristics are discussed in detail, visually explained by full page tables including scale, weight, and useful alternatives. The extensive appendix contains a general index, a typeface index (more than 300 are depicted in the book), an index of over 250 type designers, an exhaustive index of type foundries, a graphical dictionary, and a bibliography for further reading.

The original Dutch edition Letterfontein received a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from Type Directors Club New York (TDC) in 2010, and a red-dot design award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Update 25 mei 2011: er is ook een Duitstalige versie verschenen, eveneens uitgegeven door Taschen (leverbaar via bol.com).

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