Made With Fontfont: Type for Independent Minds (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/4
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Founded in 1990 by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody, FontFont produces innovative and influential fonts by designers, for designers. Made with FontFont is an anthology of type specimens and essays that closely and creatively examining how FontFont operates, elucidating how this relative newcomer on the type design scene has made such an impression on the trends of type and typography.
The 368 pages are divided into five chapters revealing the essence of FontFont and its legacy: Thinking FontFont, Talking FontFont, Making FontFont, Showing FontFont, Made with FontFont. These heavily illustrated sections demonstrate the dynamic range of the FontFont typefaces, which have been used for everything from instructions for wearing an Indian sari to the packaging for Viagra.
Made with FontFont reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary designers and design writers. Contributions from Akira Kobayashi, Rian Hughes, Emily King, Ellen Lupton and Reza Abedini, among others, including FontFont’s founders, of course, will educate and inspire anyone with an interest in contemporary graphic design. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
Part of the text covers the history of fonts from a European point of view, but with the text and examples mostly in English. Another part of the text, which is woven through a myriad of font examples taken mostly from advertisements and magazine layouts describes the esoterica of fonts and their designers. There are first person accounts by font designers about their work. There are essays and articles and even an interview by designers from the US to England, Germany, even Iran and Pakistan. The artwork itself is stunningly beautiful, in places almost breathtaking. The book is quite simply a work of art itself.
I had some personal experience with fonts and the purely design side of letters and words some years ago when I sponsored a high school literary magazine. I learned how horrible a clashing mixture of fonts can be. My students did not have the trained eye or the experience to appreciate the subtleties of font distinctions and font design. I also taught some concrete poetry, which is the pictorial and artistic representation of letters and words (this book can be seen as an example of concrete poetry), and of course I downloaded PostScript fonts and worked with PageMaker and similar software.
This then is a book for artists and graphic designers. Many typefaces are described as well as pictured, and their characteristics and appropriate uses are presented. Some parts of the book are quite technical, and to be honest, well beyond my modest typographic expertise. The amount of information in the book's 352 pages is impressive, but more than anything this book is a treat for the eyes.
FontFont was founded in 1990 'to produce innovative and influential fonts by designers, for designers' and this beautiful book is intended to demonstrate the impact of these creative adjuncts to the public. The book is divided into five chapters - Thinking FontFont, Talking FontFont, Making FontFont, Showing FontFont and Made with FontFont. For the casual reader it is the last chapter with its many pages of illustrations of the use of this important addition to the repertoire of designers that will prove the most interesting. This book is a 'must have' for designers and graphic artists, but it is also a fine addition to the library of those who are fascinated by the variations of typeface and their influence on how we absorb information. Grady Harp, April 07