At Swindler & Swindler we do love objects. Books are part of it 🙂
With Christmas we putted our hands on new ones and we wanted to share some books about lettering and typography that we have in our library.
If you have somebody in your circle of acquaintances who likes lettering, you can buy him one of our products, or you can buy him a book !
A Visual History of Typefaces 1 & 2
Those two 360 pages books are full of incredible old signs. Covering pre 20th century to mid 20th century lettering styles, they trace their modern evolution. They include design catalog pages, borders, frames, ornaments, initial letters and so on…
Scripts – Elegant lettering from design’s golden age
This book is composed by Steven Heller and Louise Fili. Its title is pretty clear about its content : Elegant scripts. What is really interesting in this book is that its organized in five chapters sorted by countries : France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and America. It helps distinguishing the several main styles of 19th century. A good point of this book is its price. For about 20£ you can find a great amount of inspiration.
This one is also composed by Steven Heller and Louise Fili, on the special subject that are shadow types. inside, you can find pieces of posters, ads, murals, type catalog pages. Shadow type is the same chapter organisation and pretty much the same price as Script. These are part of a larger type collection book, search for it if you want.
Lettering type is a book teaching you bases of lettering art. If you want to begin practicing, you need that one. Period.
Special plus : Each and every 128 pages of the book is hand made, even textes !
Custom Lettering of the 40’s and 50’s
Huge book, 574 pages, 5500 examples of hand drawn lettering of 40′ and 50′.
Best value for the price !!
One of our last acquisition. From Pepin Press Design Book. The book is not really attractive, but the content is very valuable, especially the first 100 pages.
Very affordable also.
Much more technical, this book really teaching you how to create a hole typeface. From the creation process to serif and sans-serif letters, numbers, ponctuation signs, kerning ans so on … Really complete book.
NB : the cover is different from french to english version.
Type for Brands
Type for Brands is made by seenk, a Parisian design agency. It is a collection of typeface designed especially for brand communication. It shows every type subtleties that makes it unforgettable.
The 3D Type book
On a more artistic approach of type, here is the 3D type book. This one is focused on what you can create with type. It is more contemporary art researches than traditional lettering.
Typism gather contemporary letterers works chosen by Dominique Falla. This book is the concrete form of Australian type conferences. We are quite skeptical about this one. On one side you can have really interesting works, and on the other side some shits! But there is one book a year so it is really actual and represent worldwide tendencies.