The Field Guide to Typography

The Field Guide to Typography

Typefaces in the Urban Landscape

  1. Peter Dawson
  2. Foreword by Stephen Coles
  • ISBN 9780500241448
  • 15.00 x 20.00 cm
  • Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 384pp
  • With 382 illustrations
  • First published 2013

A collection of over 125 typefaces – old and new, common and unusual – found in the modern urban environment

The Field Guide to Typography explores and explains the myriad typefaces that we see around us in our day-to-day lives, from public transport liveries to computer fonts, from billboard hoardings to road signage. It presents over 125 typefaces with photographic references to help ‘font spotters’ identify particular letter forms in the wild.

Field Guide to Typography

Each typeface is accompanied by key identification features and a ‘Not to be confused with’ heading that acts as a cross-reference to similar-looking typefaces. Accompanying background information explains the origin, usage and features of each typeface, while ‘Field Facts’ provide little-known nuggets of information to expand your typographical awareness.

Attractive and informative, The Field Guide to Typography is a vital visual reference for novice font fans and experienced designers alike, and a celebration of our expanding typographic world.

Peter Dawson co-founded his practice, Grade, in 2000. He is a Fellow, and former Chair, of the International Society of Typographic Designers and has also acted as a visiting typography lecturer at a number of universities.