Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy

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Although, or perhaps because, most of us write less and less by hand, our fascination for handwritten letterforms is growing.

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Typeface designers who specialize in traditional, charming, or spectacular lettering with a handmade look have become role models for today's young typographers and graphic design students. Script fonts--digital type families based on handwriting--are among the most sought on the typography market today. Scripts from the past, be it 18th-century formal calligraphy or advertising headlines from the 1960s, are being digitized and turned into OpenType programming. The love of the hand-written look is nothing new. Even the oldest printed books pretended to be something unique and not a machine-made mass product. Hand to Type is a collection of some of the best work by today's lettering artists in the fields of hand-made and digital script forms.

The book includes texts about outstanding designers and contains a series of expert chapters outlining the principles of script forms that may be lesser known to most western typographers--from the German Sütterlin to Arabic and Asian scripts. Hand to Type also traces script fonts back to some of the earliest examples: hand-lettering as a sign of authenticity, or printing type made to look like formal writing.

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Author R. Klanten / J. Middendorp / H. Hellige (editors)
Publisher Gestalten
Page Count 240pp
Publication Size 9.5 x 12 x 1
Publication Notes hardcover, full color
Publication Date November 2012
ISBN 978-3899554496

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