The ABC of Typography



ISBN: 9781910593714 Category:

Delphine Panique, Anne Simon


Typography confronts us everywhere: in books and newspapers, on road signs, product packaging and political leaflets. It is ubiquitous to the point of mundanity. But while the typeface might be secondary to the message, it remains crucial to the way we respond. Fonts spark emotions; they evoke eras and ideologies. Some, like Edward Johnson’s for the London Underground, have become iconic. Others, like comic sans, are loathed. Each one has its own place in history.

The ABC of Typography traces 3,500 years of type, from Sumerian pictographs, through Roman calligraphy, to Gutenberg, the Bauhaus and beyond. Brimming with insight and anecdote, this witty and well-informed graphic guide explores the historical, technological and cultural shifts that have defined the look of the words we read, as well as introducing the artists who have marked typography’s long history.

Additional information

Weight 664 g
Dimensions 19.6 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 1 October 2019
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by David Rault
Dimensions 19.6 x 26.6 cm
Weight 664 g


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David Rault is a graphic designer, photographer and writer. He is the author of numerous books about typography. He lives in Nuremberg, Germany.