REPRESENTATIVESOf Letterforms

Origins

Post-1984

Selecting the mid-fifteenth century—when Johannes Gutenberg successfully printed his 42-line Bible using a textura blackletter typeface cast in metal—as a starting point for the story of the evolution and development of typeface design, highlighting its most significant practitioners, events, and technological advancements, the overview in the following six pages spans more than six hundred years. Each century could easily merit its own book, so the purpose of the overview is merely to help establish the key developments and sources of reference that laid the foundation for typeface design and designers in the latter half of the twentieth century, when metal typesetting ceded its stronghold in ...

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