Steven Heller and Gail Anderson have released The Typography Idea Book, geared toward helping you evolve different typographic characters or styles.
When they're reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate, and mirror letters in their minds. Traditional typefaces make this worse, because they base some letter designs on others, inadvertently creating "twin letters" for people with dyslexia.
The authors of the following books work with type for a living, and although they weren’t all responsible for their book designs, I was intrigued to know what typeface combinations were chosen to represent their words.
The comparative images that follow show the mid-weight members of the respective type families, but it should be noted that some of the books use other weights, too. And a few of the books use just one type family throughout.
Elements of Typographic Style, photo via Stefan Imhoff
The Geometry of Type, photo via Ralph Herrmann
The Complete Manual of Typography
Type and Typography
Type on Screen, photo via Michael Surtees
Thinking with Type, photo via Lisa Whitaker
New Graphic Design, photo via Rudd Studio
Designing Brand Identity, photo via Andy Sernovitz
How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul (second edition, 2010), by Adrian Shaughnessy
— Akzidenz-Grotesk (Berthold)
How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul, photo via Bibliothèque
100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, photo via The Salt Lab
(I've not seen the original 1947 edition, but I think it was set using a different typeface. Do you know?)
Thoughts on Design, photo via Khoi Vinh
Popular Lies About Graphic Design, photo via Anna
“The possibilities for combining two typefaces are endless, however, a basic guideline to start with is to select 1) a serif and a sans that 2) have similar shapes. To find typefaces with similar shapes, look for ones designed by the same designer or created during the same era.”
"Blanch is a display typeface for the Fruita Blanch brand, a family-run company that, for four generations, has dedicated itself to the cultivation and marketing of sweet fruits.
"This typeface family came about from a search for a traditional font with a contemporary feel which reflected the Blanch products; artisanal recipes, adapted to our modern times.
"This is a modular typeface family halfway between a 50s style sans serif and the range of numerical characters which most labelling machines use. These are seemingly contrasting concepts which lend themselves to the creation of an atypical font. The Blanch typeface family is comprised of 6 different font weights; 3 condensed weights and 3 caps weights. They are: Blanch condensed, Blanch condensed inline, Blanch condensed light, Blanch caps, Blanch caps inline, and Blanch caps light."
Blanch is available on a “pay what you want” basis from the Lost Type Co Op.
It's always useful to have a collection of type foundries to call upon. Here are a few notable mentions.
An independent type foundry in San Francisco by Christian Robertson.
From the Netherlands, founded in 2008 by Paul van der Laan and Pieter van Rosmalen.
An independent type foundry set up by Brighton based design studio, The Entente.
Owned and operated by Peter Bruhn in Malmö, Sweden.
An independent Swiss type foundry, launched in 2009 by Noël Leu and Thierry Blancpain (now includes Nic Sanchez and Reto Moser).
Hoefler & Co.
Publishes fonts exclusively through its New York sales office and website.
An exclusive library of typefaces since 2010, from the type design studio in Cascais, Portugal.
Jackson Cavanaugh's one-person foundry in Chicago.
Managed by three partners since 2003: Fred Smeijers, Corina Cotorobai & Rudy Geeraerts.
Creates computer typefaces inspired by art, history, and sometimes science.
Founded in 1994, Porchez Typofonderie is an independent digital type foundry in France.
Process Type Foundry
The Minnesota-based trio of Eric Olson, Nicole Dotin, and Alice Savoie.
Created in 2006 by type designers Veronika Burian and José Scaglione.
Run by Peter and Johanna Biľak, collaborating closely with Nikola Djurek.
The union of eleven young type foundries from around the world.