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Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Ageby Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic
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The next big trend in typography is the hand-crafted letter. Increasingly, advertising campaigns, record covers, and branding are adopting manually created typography. This is the first publication to offer a complete overview of handwritten typographics, drawing on an extensive array of examples from around the world.
An introduction by design historian Steven Heller places the contemporary work in a broader context of design. At the heart of the book are hundreds of examples, presented in creative themes: "scrawl"; "scratch"; "stitch"; "simulate"; "shadow"; "suggestive"; and "sarcastic."
In an age of characterless digital typography, Handwritten returns to the values of craft. This outstanding collection of unusual, meticulously wrought and occasionally breathtaking pieces is a must for any student or practitioner of design.
"Opens up a world of possibilities and through the work of artists such as Robert Crumb shows exactly what can be achieved." Computer Arts
"The scope of featured work is impressive." Design Week
Expressive lettering in the Digital Age.
Hand-drawn graphics mark a return to the creator's immediacy and craft. Increasingly, advertising campaigns, CD covers, and branding are adopting the rough-hewn style of manually created typography. Notable recent examples can be seen in the Calvin Klein campaign designed by M/M, Paris, the self-inflicted body marks of Stefan Sagmeister, and the painstaking illustrations of Pentagram partner Paula Scher. This is the first publication to offer a complete overview of handwritten typographics, drawing on an extensive array of examples from around the world. At the heart of the book are hundreds of graphics, presented in creative themes: "Scrawl" (letterforms that are raw, splotchy, untidy); "Scratch" (scraped, cut, gouged fonts); "Script" (type that is sinuous, curlicued, ornate); "Simulate' (type-faces that have been redrawn or copied); "Shadow" (dimensional, voluminous, and monumental letterforms); "Suggestive" (forms that suggest the metaphorical, surreal, and symbolic); "Sarcastic" (the ironic, comic, and satiric in lettering); and "Stitch" (letters that have been sewn, sutured, embroidered). In an age of characterless digital typography, Handwritten returns to the values of craft. This outstanding collection of unusual, meticulously wrought, and often breathtaking designs is a must for students and practitioners of design.
About the Author
Steven Heller is art director of The New York Times Book Review and author of many successful books on graphic design.
Mirko Ilíc, the New York?based graphic designer, has won numerous awards for his hand-drawn design work.
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