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Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age

Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age


  • Format: Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Published: October 2004
  • ISBN-10: 0500511713
  • ISBN-13: 9780500511718

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Hand-drawn graphics mark a return to the creator's immediacy and craft. Increasingly, advertising campaigns, CD covers, and branding are adopting the rough-hewn style of manually created typography. Notable recent examples can be seen in the Calvin Klein campaign designed by M/M, Paris, the self-inflicted body marks of Stefan Sagmeister, and the painstaking illustrations of Pentagram partner Paula Scher. This is the first publication to offer a complete overview of handwritten typographics, drawing on an extensive array of examples from around the world. At the heart of the book are hundreds of graphics, presented in creative themes: 'Scrawl' (letterforms that are raw, splotchy, untidy); 'Scratch' (scraped, cut, gouged fonts); 'Script' (type that is sinuous, curlicued, ornate); 'Simulate' (type-faces that have been redrawn or copied); 'Shadow' (dimensional, voluminous, and monumental letterforms); 'Suggestive' (forms that suggest the metaphorical, surreal, and symbolic); 'Sarcastic' (the ironic, comic, and satiric in lettering); and 'Stitch' (letters that have been sewn, sutured, embroidered). In an age of characterless digital typography, Handwritten returns to the values of craft. This outstanding collection of unusual, meticulously wrought, and often breathtaking designs is a must for students and practitioners of design.