2012 has trully been a year ful of work at Typofonderie. Enjoying the begining of a new year, the readings late for some months have been made with pleasure. Among them some books rise by the qualities of their contents or layouts. We will speak of them in this article and a second one in a near future.
Le Livre des livres, Graphisme des livres au fil du temps
Mathieu Lommen takes advantage of the inexhaustible collection of the Amsterdam librairy to trace an history of the book, but especially of its layout, from appearance to nowadays. Its chronological exhaustivity makes the originality of this histry too. Where the most of the books related to graphism history stop at the biggining of the XXth century, this one carries on till contemporean era. The books taken as examples are here to show the historical intention, they aim to be representative of an epoch. Far form being anecdotal these examples are more like general cases made with quality than original excellence.
This book benefits from a very original layout while being at the absolut sevice of the content. The result is an objets very pleasurable to read. The Avenir Next LT Pro made by Adrian Frutiger used for text and set in a very comfy size gives a a nice grey and alloxs a pleasant reading. Reproductions always are full pages, never cropped. Rarely zoom is used to put the emphasis on the character used in the example. We have to note the attention that Mathieu Lommen puts on the characters used in each book. This, concurrently as the history of the printed book, constructs an history of typography. This parallel between the evolution of typographic shapes and their use allows a new understanding of the story.
→ Le Livre des livres, Graphisme des livres au fil du temps
→ Mathieu Lommen
→ Pyramyd Éditions, 2012
→ ISBN : 978-2-35017-281-1, 49,50 €
→ Avenir Next LT Pro by Adrian Frutiger and Akira Kobayashi
Saul Bass, a life in Film & Design
Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham
This book seems like a posthume tribute. The authors redraw the life of Saul Bass and give us his work with generosity. We leave this book like after the long tale of the life of a close relation, a bit dazed. The accent is put on the story of the genesis of the projects, we learn as much on the people who habe rubbed shoulders with Saul Bass than on the images themselves. The book is sprinkled of quotations, dialogues between Saul Bass and his clients like Martin Scorcese or Hitchcoc. Unexcpetedly the part dedicated to visual identities developped by Saul Bass is at the end of the book. Looking through it we rediscover signs still being there in our everyday life and never growing old. We have to note the way the style of Saul Bass, sometimes very visible, personal, can vanish to serve the brand through a style whom he is not used to. What especially remains from this work is the energy, energy there in each his drawings, his handwritting and all the images he had produced. This energy is above all motion, a kinetic vision maybe inherited of his work for the cinema and that we can see in all his work of the colors and patterns, always very dynamic.
→ Saul Bass, A life in Film & Design
→ Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham
→ Laurence King Publishing, 2011
→ ISBN : 978-1-85669-752-1, 48 £
→ Franklin Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton, Adobe Caslon Pro by Carol Twombly
New York Nights
James T. & Karla L.Murray
Neon signs undeniably apply a real captivation on almost everyone. James T. & Karlar L.Murray don’t escape to this law, but unlikely evyone they have been captivated enough to make books from it. New York Signs makes us discover the store fronts of the economic capital of the United States. This book is built like a stroll inside the different districts of the town of New York. From this geographic subdivision arises typologies of shapes really different. In Brooklyn or in the south of Manhanttan neon signs are not the same, stores are not the same. We have particularly appreciated that the signs, in this book, are not taken of their context. The photographs show the whole store or theater fronts and assimilate a bit of the near environment too, allowing a real appreciation of the sign in the street. Each set of store front and neon sign build a particular universe whom the goal always is selling. But common codes used by every one build a floklore of the town that go further the simple trade.
Typo & web, pour une lisibilité optimale de la typographie sur internet
Aurélien Foutoyet produced with Typo & Web a transversal book that gives the keys to make the web more legible and readable. This books is adressed to a wide public, from the webdesigner wishing to learn more about typography to the graphic designer intending to transpose its skills to a new media. In this optic the book deals with each theme very pedagogically and from the basis, while giving a new and in-depth information. Aurélien Foutoyer talks about the question of type legibility, the transposition of this question to the screen, the typographic choice, the layout for the web and gives each time some answers to permit the pratical application of precepts he gives.
We have to notice the releasing in 2009 of Lisibilité des sites web by Marie-Valentine Blond, Olivier Marcellin and Mélina Zerbib at the éditions Eyrolles, that deals with similar themes at that time. But in three years the question had much time to evolve and the Aurélien Foutoyet’s book gives precious answers to questions caused by technologies that appeared or developped during these three years such as font-faces.
→ Typo & web, Pour une lisibilité optimale de la typographie sur internet
→ Aurélien Foutoyet
→ Atelier Perrousseaux Éditeur, 2012
→ ISBN : 978-2-911220-43-2, 21 €
→ Baskerville Original Pro par František Štorm