The Evolution of Type

The Evolution of Type

A Graphic Guide to 100 Landmark Typefaces

  1. Tony Seddon
  2. Foreword by Stephen Coles
  • ISBN 9780500241486
  • 24.50 x 19.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 256pp
  • Illustrated throughout
  • First published 2015

A journey through the development of type design and typographic style from Gutenberg to the latest digital fonts

‘An informative and inspirational resource’ – Craft & Design

Chosen to represent the key elements of form used by the punch cutters, calligraphers and designers of their day, and presented in chronological order by release date, each typeface is discussed in terms of its origins and its impact on the design and print industries, and considerations for screen use.

Evolution of Type spread

Versions released in metal type for hand-setting and for the Monotype and Linotype machines, as phototype, and as digital revivals or originals, are covered in detail alongside information about the people responsible for the design and development of each adaptation.

Key glyphs are annotated to indicate features that mark out how typeface design has evolved over the last 500 or so years. Visual comparisons illustrate how typefaces created years ago have influenced contemporary designs.

For the general reader, this book offers a thorough history of the typefaces we have been reading for decades; for typographers and designers, it is a valuable resource that will help to inform their choice of the most appropriate typeface for any project.

Tony Seddon is a freelance designer, project manager and writer. He has written or co-written nearly ten books, among them Type Team and Greetings from Retro Design, both published by Thames & Hudson.
Stephen Coles is an editor, typographer and author of The Geometry of Type.

Also by Tony Seddon
Let's Talk Type - An Essential Lexicon of Type Terms
Type Team
Greetings from Retro Design