The Art of Lettering: Perfectly Imperfect Hand-Crafted Type Design

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8.8 X 11.7 X 1.2 inches | 3.8 pounds

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About the Author

Brooke Robinson is a graphic designer based in Austin, TX. She is responsible for leading all graphic design and marketing initiatives, including radio, print, television, internet/social, public, sales, and special events at Tyler's locations in Texas. Brooke founded Goodtype in 2013. Ken Barber is a designer with renowned graphic design and type foundry collective House Industries. Jessica Hische is a graphic and type designer and letterer renowned for creating an eye-catching "Love" stamp for the United States Postal Service, which sold more than two hundred and fifty million stamps. Lauren Hom is a designer and letterer who specializes in branding and typography and has created work for clients like Starbucks, Google, AT&T, YouTube, and TIME magazine. Gemma O'Brien aka Mrs. Eaves is a typographer and letter designer recently selected for PRINT magazine's annual list of the best creatives under thirty years old working today.


"Goodtype: The Art of Lettering is noisy, eclectic and glorious. It's more than 280 pages of lettering samples, with a foreword by Ken Barber and brief interviews with Jessica Hische, Lauren Hom and Gemma O'Brien. The foreword is insightful. The interviews are fresh, lively and provide a peek at what drives these three remarkable women. But it's the examples of lettering that make this book grand. The motivation behind Goodtype is Brooke Robinson's insatiable love of lettering. She collected examples by the bushel--and stored them all on her phone. When she got to the point where she would have to delete samples to gather more, it hit her: she could upload all of the images to an Instagram account dedicated to her lettering and type finds. This was in 2013, and Robinson never looked back. But there's more to Goodtype than its collection of drop-to-your-knees lettering. In a world of bits and bytes, we seldom see design projects in their evolutionary stages. Goodtype, however, gives us a look over the designer's shoulder as the lettering evolves. We're treated to the rough pencil sketches (complete with editing notes) and predigital renderings that lead to the final art. Buy Goodtype. Keep it close to where you work. If your typographic mojo falls flat, pick up the book. If you're not sure how to handle a bit of display typography, pick up the book. If you're looking for a young and talented lettering artist, pick up the book." --Communication Arts