Anatomy of Type


by Stephen Coles, forward by Erik Spiekermann

A visual treat for anyone who loves fonts and typographic design.

The Anatomy of Type explores one hundred traditional and modern typefaces in loving detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. The full character set from each typeface is shown, and the best letters for identification are enlarged and annotated, revealing key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design. Containing in-depth information on everything from the designer and foundry, the year of release, and the different weights and styles available, The Anatomy of Type is more than a reference guide to the intricacies of typeface design. It is a visual send-up of some of the world’s most beloved typefaces, beautifully displayed in vibrant color.

Paperback | 256 pages | Harper |  2012

Stephen Coles is a writer, editor, and typographic consultant who is particularly interested in typeface selection and the relationship between font makers and users, frequently advocating for the interests of both groups. He co-founded the online resources Fonts In Use and Typographica and serves as Associate Curator and Editorial Director at Letterform Archive, a special collections library and museum in San Francisco. He was formerly a creative director at FontShop and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard.

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