1st Edition

Digital Type Design for Branding Designing Letters from their Source

By Stephen Boss Copyright 2018
    224 Pages 225 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    220 Pages 225 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    224 Pages 225 Color Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    The approach will be to give visual aid (illustrated) and written reference to young designers who are either launching their careers or taking their first stab at designing letterforms for a logo, lettermark, signage, advertising or an alphabet. The book will focus on the roots of each letterform and give the designers the knowledge of why weight variations (stress) exist and how to correctly apply them to their designs.


    Key Features

  • A how-to resource for designers to referencee while designing letterforms.
  • The designer will be left with a clear understanding of why letterforms look the way they do, and the moethod and order of letterform development, enabling the designer to draw on history when developing their glyphs.
  • How-to illustrations will highlight the process and downloadable vectors will give the designer templates to begin their project.
  • This book gives designers a solid footing when designing a series of characters without developing a complete alphabet.
  • Custom typography is a growing trend and every newly minted designer should have a practical knowledge of the origins of letters and the method of building letterforms.
  • Chapter 1: A

    Chapter 2: B

    Chapter 3: C

    Chapter 4: D

    Chapter 5: E

    Chapter 6: F

    Chapter 7: G

    Chapter 8: H

    Chapter 9: I

    Chapter 10: J

    Chapter 11: K

    Chapter 12: L

    Chapter 13: M

    Chapter 14: N

    Chapter 15: O

    Chapter 16: P

    Chapter 17: Q

    Chapter 18: R

    Chapter 19: S

    Chapter 20: T

    Chapter 21: U

    Chapter 22: V

    Chapter 23: W

    Chapter 24: X

    Chapter 25: Y

    Chapter 26: Z

    Chapter 27: Letter Frequency

    Chapter 28: Numerals

    Chapter 29: Designskolen Kolding

    Chapter 30: Interviews

    Chapter 31: Glossary and Resources

    Chapter 32: Bibliography


    Stephen Boss began making letterforms as a child, using pencils, brushes and calligraphy pens; next, a mouse and Bezier points; and

    now a mixture of media when designing new fonts. While studying at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, in the days of hand

    rendering type, Stephen was fortunate to have Richard Isbell as his type instructor.

    Interested in developing typefaces with a unique vernacular, Stephen started Emboss Fonts in 1995. He has consulted on type design

    project for Fairchild, JP Morgan Chase, Bumble & Bunble and Osh Kosh. He has also worked on more traditional design projects for

    the UN, Pfizer, Verizon, Walt Disney, Bank of America and many more.

    His work has been internationally recognized in juried shows, and featured in such publications as Japan's Timing Zero, Publish

    Magazine, and mass HiTech. He recently coatuhored the book The New Web Typography by CRC Press/Chapman & Hall.

    "Probably the best biography of a cartoonist ever written, and is surely one of the best dozen or so books on comic art ever written . . . John Canemaker’s text is that great and most welcome rarity, a genuine work of scholarship about a cartoonist . . . a model for other books about comic art."

    -- Michael Barrier, The Comics Journal

    "This is one book that anyone interested in our cultural heritage can’t afford to miss."

    -- Art Spiegelman, USA TODAY


    "John Canemaker’s biography should go a long way toward putting McCay firmly back on the map . . . He satisfies your curiosity about McCay’s life, sets him in the context of his times, and comments perceptively on his art."

    -- John Gross, NEW YORK TIMES

    "At Last! Winsor McCay has found his Boswell."