Retro Fonts

Retro Fonts


By (author) Gregor Stawinski

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  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 250mm x 42mm | 1,480g
  • Publication date: 23 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856696812
  • ISBN 13: 9781856696814
  • Sales rank: 125,534

Product description

"Retro Fonts" is a fantastic compilation of over 400 of the best retro fonts from 1830 to the end of the 20th century. The fonts are presented in the style of old type specimen books as alphabets with sample words/phrases, shown opposite classic examples of the fonts in use in their historical context. Arranged chronologically into eight sections representing different stylistic eras, each with an introduction discussing the typography of that era, the fonts range from Art Deco, Bauhaus and Swiss through to Sixties, Disco and Punk. Featuring both familiar fonts and lesser known examples ripe for rediscovery, this is a unique source of inspiration for all graphic designers and typographers. The accompanying CD contains 222 copyright-free fonts.

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Author information

Gregor Stawinski is a graphic designer based in Munich.

Table of contents

Introduction Typefaces 1. Grunderzeit and Gold Rush/Historicism 2. Fin de Siecle and Simplicissimus/Art Nouveau/Jugenstil and Japonism 3. Cinema, Jazz and Bob Cuts/Art Deco and Plakatstil 4. Tschichold and Bauhaus/Elementary Typography and Constructivism 5. Cult of Personality and Popular Reception/The Typography of Tradition 6. Petticoat and Rock'n'Roll/Organic Design and Calligraphic Style 7. Economic Miracle and Moon Landing/Swiss Typography and the Space Age 8. Flower Power and Revolt/Pop and Disco 9. Walkman, Rubik's Cube and Gen X/Postmodern and Punk