Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story

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Product Details

Price
$44.95
Publisher
MIT Press
Publish Date
Pages
131
Dimensions
11.3 X 0.76 X 9.72 inches | 2.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780262015486
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About the Author

Paul Shaw, an award-winning graphic designer, typographer, and calligrapher in New York City, teaches at Parsons School of Design and theSchool of Visual Arts. He is the coauthor of Blackletter: Type andNational Identity and writes about letter design in the blog BluePencil.

Reviews

A concise history of the New York subway, a visual archive of century's worth of underground signs (some of which are still in use), and an impressive study of the conflict between the purity of design and the messiness of the real world.

--The Wilson Quarterly

[D]esign projects are rarely tidy; they're much likelier to be muddled, chaotic, and to be determined by flukes, gaffes and compromises as much as forethought. It's always refreshing to come across an unexpurgated account of the messy reality, and the American design historian Paul Shaw has produced a particularly thoughtful and engaging example in his new book, Helvetica and the New York City Subway System.

--Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times

Mr. Shaw makes clear in one of the best-researched books on modern design to date, this most New York of places is today a realm dominated by a Swiss typeface specified by a pair of Italian designers. There isn't better testimony to the city as a melting pot or to the strange turns that any major design project inevitably takes.

--The Wall Street Journal