Creative Arts Book of the Week 05/05/15

Typography has been on my mind a lot recently what with ordering all of those extra copies of books for the bumper in-take of Graphic Design students.  We’ve also got a little treat coming up next year, an online resource called e-Lexicons, but more about that another time.

This week’s book is Typographic Universe, by renowned authors Steven Heller and Gail Anderson.  When I think of typography, I think of letters on a page, but not so with this book.  Its subtitle, Letterforms found in nature, the built world and human imagination will give you a better idea of what’s inside.  Contents include Edible Type where, yes you’ve guessed it, letterforms are made with food.  Some foods are arranged into shapes, e.g. pop-corn to form the letters P O P, whilst other foods are carefully sliced and photographed to show hidden letters in their organic forms, e.g. red cabbage. Other chapters include Industrial Type, Elemental Type and Ghost Type, which is essentially that wonderful, painted and weathered advertising on the side of buildings.  This is an inspiring source book which will have you looking for letters everywhere!

By the way do you know that they named a font after me, your Faculty Librarian, Greta Sans? Well, I’d like to think so!

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