David Airey is an independent graphic designer working with companies of all sizes since 2005.

The Geometry of Type

A great typographic primer by Stephen Coles, with a foreword from Erik Spiekermann.

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type is an intricate look at the construction of 100 traditional and modern typefaces. All of the 100 are given a double-page spread, with certain characters enlarged and annotated to showcase key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design.

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

Excerpted from the spread above:

“Bembo is the most popular of the Renaissance serifs, frequently called upon for setting elegant book text ever since it was cut by Monotype in 1929. The digital version, however, is a feeble shadow of the metal type. Like so many of the revivals that appeared in desktop publishing’s early years, Bembo is far too delicate for modern printing, and certainly for the screen. Monotype went back to the digital drawing board for Bembo Book, which retains the proper weight of the original. It also offers a very welcome alternative ‘R’ with a leg that doesn’t stretch so far, thereby not creating gaps or tripping its neighbours. Good for: Long text on good, soft paper. Historical novels.”

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

Available for purchase from publisher Thames & Hudson, or here:

on Amazon.com (different title, same book — The Anatomy of Type)
on Amazon.co.uk

View the book’s website. Follow the author and typographer Stephen Coles on Twitter.

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6 appreciated comments about “The Geometry of Type”

  1. Oh my god, there seems to be so many good design books coming out this year. Well, I see I may have to add another to my library.

  2. Truly a super book. Highly recommended.

  3. I’m such a typography addict. This is going right on my Amazon wish list. It looks marvellous. God damn it.

  4. I have the version called “The Anatomy of Type” and absolutely love it. My favorite thing about the book is the descriptions and Mr. Coles’ advice of when and where to use each typeface.

    A must have for any designer interested in learning type in greater detail (as I was) or any person just interested in the art of typography.

  5. I’ve just gone and ordered it on your word David… ;)

    In all seriousness I would have bought this book anyway. A designer can never have enough typography books in their collection in my opinion. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  6. Type creation is definitely a art.

    It is nice to see publications like this to enlighten others of the unknown thought that goes into type creation.

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