Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand Lettering and Calligraphy

Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand Lettering and Calligraphy

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Edited by Jan Middendorp, Edited by Hendrik Hellige, Edited by Robert Klanten

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  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 280mm x 25mm | 1,637g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berlin
  • ISBN 10: 3899554493
  • ISBN 13: 9783899554496
  • Sales rank: 45,372

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Although, or perhaps because, most of us write less and less by hand, our fascination for handwritten letterforms is growing. Typeface designers who specialize in traditional, charming, or spectacular lettering with a handmade look have become role models for today's young typographers and graphic design students. Script fonts--digital type families based on handwriting--are among the most sought on the typography market today. Scripts from the past, be it 18th-century formal calligraphy or advertising headlines from the 1960s, are being digitized and turned into OpenType programming. The love of the hand-written look is nothing new. Even the oldest printed books pretended to be something unique and not a machine-made mass product. Hand to Type is a collection of some of the best work by today's lettering artists in the fields of hand-made and digital script forms. The book includes texts about outstanding designers and contains a series of expert chapters outlining the principles of script forms that may be lesser known to most western typographers--from the German Sutterlin to Arabic and Asian scripts. Hand to Type also traces script fonts back to some of the earliest examples: hand-lettering as a sign of authenticity, or printing type made to look like formal writing.

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Although, or perhaps because, most of us write less and less by hand, our fascination for handwritten letterforms is growing. Typeface designers who specialize in traditional, charming, or spectacular lettering with a handmade look have become role models for today's young typographers and graphic design students.