Here is a lively and lighthearted survey that looks at the role that old and classic fonts - from letterpress to slab serifs and beyond - play in contemporary graphic design. Written and compiled by the world's leading graphic-design historian, the book provides hundreds of examples, as well as informed texts that will entertain, edify and inspire a new generation of students and practitioners to appreciate that the past contains typographic riches for the future.
Steven Heller is art director of the New York Times Book Review and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts in New York. Among his recent publications is Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age, also published by Thames & Hudson. Gail Anderson is senior designer at SpotCo and former art director of Rolling Stone magazine.