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A Manifesto
Hyphen Press

By Fred Smeijers


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With the desktop publishing revolution of the 1980s, typographic design came within the reach of anyone with a home computer. Since that time, we have seen a boom in the production of new fonts. This book takes stock of what was achieved during this protean period. Smeijers, a first-generation digital type designer, knows the possibilities of computer technology, but nevertheless argues for the continuing validity of the traditional skills of drawing and shape-making. He suggests that the trends of the recent past are already exhausted. As new industry standards are introduced, font design must again become a job for engineers rather than self-trained designers. The book concludes that the number of new fonts being introduced must be reduced, and it ends with a proposal for a new "moral code" for type designers.

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Size: 5-7/10 x 8-7/10 in;
Pages: 144 pp;
16 four-color plates
Format: Paperback
Publication: January 2004
ISBN: 9780907259244
ISBN10: 907259243