Free Hand – New Typography Sketch Books
Steven Heller, Lita Talarico
Thames & Hudson, 2018
Typography can embrace functions beyond the the purely communicative. From type designers to expressive illustrators, each graphic designer has his or her own way of crafting or applying typefaces.
This show-all tour through leading graphic designers’ personal sketchbooks reveals the creative processes behind typefaces, word-images and logos. Arranged alphabetically, the world’s most exciting designers and typographers ― including Philippe Apeloig, Ed Benguiat, Hoefler Type Foundry, Henrik Kubel, Toshi Omagari, and Francesco Zorzi ― present a staggering range of ways to communicate with typography. More than 800 featured sketchbook pages reveal the designers’ creative practices across diverse briefs, concepts, languages, and alphabets.
This rich compendium of typographic ideas stresses the importance of typographic thinking at a time when reading habits are evolving, while celebrating the varied and innovative ways that designers practice this time-honored craft.