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Unjustified texts: perspectives on typographyby Robin Kinross
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The effects of typography are ubiqutous, yet the activity of designing with text is still hardly recognized or understood. Unjustified texts tackles this paradox. In writings gathered from twenty-five years of engagement, somewhere in the borderlands between journalism and academy, Robin Kinross illuminates both the process of designing text-matter and its consequences. His topics include newspapers, telephone books, road signs, paperbacks, book indexes, copy-editing, uppercase and lowercase, and the question of what constitutes a typeface. There are acounts of significanet but neglected designers, reassessments of established subjects, and introductions to new ones. Pieces range in length from short review to full-scale essay, while they move in approach from patient exposition, to sharpo critique, to warm appreciation. The whole is an unusual and powerful contribution to the subject of typography
Robin Kinross makes his case for typography as a matter of fine detail and subtle judgment, whose products concern all of us, every day.
For twenty-five years, Robin Kinross has been making a case for typography as a matter of fine detail and subtle judgment, whose products concern all of us, every day. This selection of his writings-including some previously unpublished-brings his major themes into focus: the unsung virtues of editorial design and information design, the fate of Modernism in the twentieth century, and the virtues of a socially oriented design approach. His much sought-after and out-of-print pamphlet Fellow Readers (1994) is reprinted in full.
About the Author
Robin Kinross is Publisher of Hyphen Press. He lives in London.
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