Basics Design 03: Typography

Author(s): Gavin Ambrose

Fine Arts

Effective use of typography can produce a neutral effect or rouse the passions, symbolise artistic, political or philosophical movements, or express the personality of a person or organisation. Typefaces vary from clear and distinguishable letterforms that are suitable for extended blocks of text, to more dramatic and eye-catching typefaces that grab attention and are used in newspaper headlines and advertisements. "Basics Design: Typography" aims to impart a comprehensive understanding of typography, to explore its history, theory and practice. Aimed at both students and practising designers, it provides a thorough examination of how typography informs other aspects of creative design.


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"An excellent resource not only for type but also for printing techniques and processes ... Very thorough, clear and concise. Good to see use of different paper stock and finishing techniques (varnishing)." Gareth Stewart, Belfast Metropolitan College, UK.

Gavin Ambrose achieved his Masters in Communications at Central St. Martins and is a tutor on both the Typographic and Information Design courses at the London College of Printing. He has written and designed several books on branding and packaging. Paul Harris studied at the London College of Printing and has gone on to become a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared extensively in magazines and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including style bible Dazed & Confused.

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  • : 9782940373352
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : AVA Publishing SA
  • : July 2005
  • : books

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  • : Gavin Ambrose
  • : Paperback
  • : 176