Let’s Talk Type

An Essential Lexicon of Type Terms


An authoritative directory of over 300 type terms, from Bembo to X-height, organized according to stages in the writing and typesetting process

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Tony Seddon


Have you ever wondered which typeface is used for airport signs? Or about the history behind the Times New Roman font? We are constantly engaging with type, yet many of us struggle to use it effectively or simply to understand the basics.

Let’s Talk Type will help to build your knowledge of type and typeface use with a clear and comprehensive ‘what is it’ and ‘why use it’ approach to the subject. Five chapters explore topics including the anatomy of type, glyphs, typeface classification, and typefaces ranging from serif and sans serif to script and display. The chapter on typefaces pays particular attention to highlighting key design features and, along with illuminating backstories and tips to aid identification, makes this book the perfect companion for all type enthusiasts and practitioners.

Additional information

Weight 378 g
Dimensions 13.4 x 22.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2016
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 13.4 x 22.8 cm
Weight 378 g


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Tony Seddon is a freelance designer, project manager and writer. He has written or co-written nearly ten books, among them Type Team, Greetings from Retro Design and The Evolution of Type.