I don’t know about you, but this week’s cold weather has made me want to curl up on the couch with a good book. In light of this, I’ve decided to highlight a title from the Center’s Reference Collection that you might want to flip through during this drowsy afternoon. In Primer of Typeface Identification, Alexander S. Lawson (printer since 1928), Archie Provan (Associate Professor in the School of Printing, Rochester Institute of Technology), and Frank J. Romano (industry consultant and recognized authority on photocomposition) present a brief history of the development of selected typefaces, their common usage, and most noticeable differences. The goal of this book is to serve as an at-a-glance manual to help any reader become better able to understand type and its use. The authors accomplish this by including 26 of the most commonly used typefaces as illustrators.
At only 32 pages, this title could easily be read through on a cozy afternoon by the fire (or, more likely staring at the fake fireplace app on your tv). If you are currently studying typefaces, looking for inspiration for your next project, or just curious about the history and unique characteristics of some of the most popular typefaces used today, this would be a highly recommended resource. To find this book in the Reference Collection, search for REF.TY.1279 in the online Reference Collection Catalog.