Visual Communication Victoria


Typography Sketchbooks, by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, 2011 Thames and Hudson.

This inspirational book displays the sketchbooks - notations, rejections, refinements and explorations of the developemnt of a typeface - from well known Typographers. The sketchbooks read as visual narratives; personal stories about content and form through sketched and finished letterforms. Sketchbooks are intentionally informal, and it is this fluid and unrefined style that is of interest to anyone who is studying design. Type is the main focus, however, the mixed media and illustrative styles of some of the sketchbooks demonstrates how a particular media lends itself to ideation sketches. Some of the sketchbooks reveal a progress and others are random - appealing to a wide audience of students and teachers alike. Some of the sketches are artworks in themselves, while others are a step to lead on to a resolving a design problem. I found this book to be a great read - a visual feast to inspire and educate anyone who loves Type and to draw and design.

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