Type Directory


The ultimate visual encyclopaedia of type, featuring more than 1,500 typefaces.


ISBN: 9780500241547 Category:

Peter Dawson


The most comprehensive, practical, and beautiful directory of type, organized by type category – Serif, Sans Serif, Display, and Script – and covering all styles throughout history.

Type Directory offers over 1,800 examples of the best in type design, spanning almost 600 years of design history. From classics such as Garamond, Baskerville, Futura, and Helvetica, to more idiosyncratic recent creations such as Gotham and Filosofia, Type Directory features illuminating profiles of the most important and influential typefaces ever created. Organized by type category – Serif, Sans Serif, Display, and Script – each typeface is presented in uppercase and lowercase alphabetical letters, along with numbers, key punctuation marks, and symbols. This comprehensive guide also features profiles and interviews with leading designers and type foundries, as well as inspirational examples of graphic designs using specific typefaces.

Additional information

Weight 2597 g
Dimensions 22.5 x 23.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 October 2019
Number of pages 672
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Tobias Frere-Jones
Dimensions 22.5 x 23.6 cm
Weight 2597 g


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Peter Dawson (www.gradedesign.com) has more than 25 years experience in the UK design arena and co-founded his practice, Grade, in 2000. He is a fellow and a former chair and board member of the International Society of Typographic Designers, and has also acted as a visiting typography lecturer at a number of Universities. He is the author of The Field Guide to Typography, also published by Thames & Hudson. Tobias Frere-Jones is one of the world's leading typeface designers, and the creator of some of the most widely used typefaces. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design.