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Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces Now

Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces Now

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By (author) Fred Smeijers, Volume editor Robin Kinross

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  • Publisher: Hyphen Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 220mm x 20mm | 404g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0907259065
  • ISBN 13: 9780907259060

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"Counterpunch" is both an explanation of the 16th-century method of cutting metal type and an impassioned plea for contemporary designers to incorporate the lessons of history as a means of creating typography in our digital age. Smeijers sees the counterpunch technique as essential for ensuring the regularity of form, repeatability, and speed of production necessary for rational design. Smeijers traces the history of letterform design to discover how technique influenced the shape of type, whether the metal punches of the past or today's computer-generated forms. "Counterpunch" is generously illustrated with drawings by the author, examples of early type specimens, and detailed photographs of punches.

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