Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design

Walter Tracy

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Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design

Letters of Credit A View of Type Design THE REVOLUTION in typesetting a revolution that over the past two decades has eliminated a five hundred year old system of hot metal production and replaced it with one of photo generated and computer

  • Title: Letters of Credit: A View of Type Design
  • Author: Walter Tracy
  • ISBN: 9781567922400
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE REVOLUTION in typesetting a revolution that over the past two decades has eliminated a five hundred year old system of hot metal production and replaced it with one of photo generated and computer driven composition shows no sign of winding down This book, than any other we know, traces the steps that went into that revolution and simultaneously makes the argTHE REVOLUTION in typesetting a revolution that over the past two decades has eliminated a five hundred year old system of hot metal production and replaced it with one of photo generated and computer driven composition shows no sign of winding down This book, than any other we know, traces the steps that went into that revolution and simultaneously makes the argument that the letter forms themselves are in process of evolution Tracy argues that, whether they are of the sixteenth or the twentieth century, the forms that comprise our alphabet are subject to the same rules of good taste, proportion, and clarity that have always obtained But what we face today is vastly different from fifty years ago For the first time, new technology has made the proliferation and, as some would maintain, debasement of letter forms fast and easy or quick and dirty With fifty years of professional experience on both sides of the Atlantic including thirty years as head of type design for the British Linotype Company , Tracy is in a unique position to make this argument and arrive at his sad conclusion the design of distinguished, contemporary typefaces is far outnumbered by the mediocre and downright bad Part of the reason for this deplorable deterioration is a lack of critical analysis of the particular esthetics involved This step by step examination of type design esthetics is precisely what Tracy provides here, while avoiding both the promoter s hype and the manufacturer s claims Here are the gut issues of what makes type good or bad, legible or unreadable Extensively illustrated with both typefaces and line drawings, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in thehistory of letters or in the artistry and peculiar problems that lie behind their production.

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    1. Jay McNair on said:

      Author is a bit moody, irritable. But his irascibility got me to pay closer attention to individual letter shapes, and the many samples (and focus on a few type designers) were good education.Especially liked the section on Rudolf Koch.Read this because it was supposedly one of the triumvirate of essential typography texts—Bringhurst being one of the legs, Alexander Lawson's Anatomy of a Typeface being the other.

    2. Donny Truong on said:

      Walter Tracy’s Letters of Credit is insightful and opinionated. His knowledge on the aspects of type design (measure, legibility, readability and letter forms) is informative and his criticism of designers and their types makes the book engaging.

    3. Milton Rosado on said:

      This book is essential for anyone interested in type design.

    4. Lauren on said:

      Used for a graduate course in printing and book history in library school. Very interesting.

    5. Jeremy Dooley on said:

      The best method of spacing and kerning in existence, bar none.

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