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Lettering & Type

A smart-but-not-dense guide to creating and bending letters to one’s will.

No component of graphic design has attracted as much interest or inspired as much innovation in recent years as lettering and type. These foundations of design, once the exclusive domain of professional typographers, have become an essential starting point for anyone looking for a fresh way to communicate.

Bruce Willen and Nolen Strals
(with a forward by Ellen Lupton)
Princeton Architectural Press, 2009

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann

Lusine Sargsyan

Lusine Sargsyan

Lettering & Type features hundreds of images and examples of work by designers, artists, and illustrators, including Marian Bantjes, Matthew Carter, Emigre, Ed Fella, Sibylle Hagmann, House Industries, Margaret Kilgallen, Christoph Niemann, Steve Powers (ESPO), Stefan Sagmeister, Christian Schwartz, Alex Trochut, Underware, James Victore, and many more. Throughout the book interviews with type designers, artists, and graphic designers provide real-world perspective from contemporary practitioners.


More than just another pretty survey, it is a powerful how-to book full of relevant theory, history, explanatory diagrams, and exercises. While other type design books often get hung up on the technical and technological issues of type design and lettering, Lettering & Type features the context and creativity that shape letters and make them interesting.

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“A smart, sexy, readable guide to type design and lettering. This is no ordinary type book. It’s a blast of brain candy that will make your serifs stand on end.”

— Ellen Lupton