Peter Gabor just added a new book of his collection on his blog Design & Typo. The article in 4 parts shows a lot of double spread. Every chapters are visible: from the beginning of alphabets to types from the 1950′.
In won’t try to translate in english the posts, but let’s have an overview of all 4 posts.
In the first part Peter says that this books is a kind of response to the question: how to classify types? When europeans try to find a logical solution, american designers concidering things in a more practical perspective.
The second post show a large selection of calligraphic & handwritten letters.
Third post show examples not to follow: these romantical, sentimal types, full of nostagia don’t communicate a message, only a sentimental atmosphere (more than 15 typefaces are used on a single page).
And the last posts show experimental type from the 1950′. Experimental but also corporate, types are now in use evrywhere: from packagings, to architecture, advertising, etc. Even artists and other designers (industrial designers, etc.) are using types in their works.
The book is printed in 2 colors, different colors are used for every chapters, I don’t read it but the content seems to be a good beginning for student or professionnal who want to use tpes in different ways: from historical, classical or modern use.
Copies are very easy to find in the USA, a very quick search on a single site find copies from 1 $ to 50 euros. And several other books from Raymond A. Ballinder are also avaiable. Send an e-mail if you want some details.