The Field Guide to Typography

Typefaces in the Urban Landscape



ISBN: 9780500241448 Category:

Peter Dawson


The Field Guide to Typography explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from public transport liveries to computer fonts, from billboard hoardings to road signage. It presents over 125 typefaces – old and new, common and unusual – with photographic references to help ‘font spotters’ identify particular letter forms in the wild.

Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and key features of each typeface, while ‘Field Facts’ provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness.

Attractive and informative, The Field Guide to Typography is a vital visual reference for novice font fans and experienced designers alike, and a celebration of our expanding typographic world.

Additional information

Weight 970 g
Dimensions 15 x 20.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2013
Number of pages 384
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15 x 20.7 cm
Weight 970 g


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Peter Dawson ( ) has over 19 years experience in the UK design arena and co-founded his practice, Grade, in 2000. He is a Fellow, and former Chair, of the International Society of Typographic Designers and has also acted as a visiting typography lecturer at a number of Universities.