NEWish BOOK Type tells tales edited by Steven Heller & Gail Anderson, (Thames & Hudson, 2017, 224p, $55)
Others advise: large format book with 290 colour and 40 B&W illustrations of the work of early 20th century to present day (2017) typographic designers. The format adopted by Heller (from the “Designer as Author” program at the School of Visual Arts, NY) and Anderson (creative director of design at Spotco NY) is to briefly introduce the designer (there are 100) and then let the illustrations of the typography do the talking. The authors look at typography in print, websites, textiles, clothing and tattoos.
To look at some pages go to this link.
The jacketflap advises
Stretching the boundaries of typographic expression, Type Tells Tales is a sensational showcase of type that is integral to the message it conveys, with the capacity to emote, engage, and guide the reader from one thought to the next. Navigating the far reaches of graphic design, Steven Heller and Gail Anderson reveal how type can render a particular voice or multiple conversations, how letters in various shapes and sizes can guide the eye through dense information, and how type can become both content and illustration, as letters take the form of people, animals, cars, or planes. The book’s 332 illustrations – including 290 in color – feature historical examples by T.T. Marinetti, Bruno Munari, and Francis Picabia, among others, as well as by contemporary designers such as Richard Eckersley, John Hendrix, Maira Kalman, and Corita Kent. The book firmly locates the letter in the realm of artistry, finding exciting common ground among the pursuits of design, illustration, writing, and typography.
The book is available in major Melbourne libraries and in a public library in South Australia as at August 2019. Ask your public library to buy a copy?