Pretended it Rained All Weekend
Originally posted on July 21, 2014
I believe it was a weekend night, I hope for my sanity it wasn't, but I'm pretty sure it was. I was working on my first post about the Souveneir du Lido pamphlet and after a few glasses of wine I found myself in a strange place on Typophile, where there was a discussion happening about whether Futura was a fascist typeface or not. Though I could've stayed reading the entire message board in that section, I got distracted because someone threw out the title Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles, with a name that regal how could it not catch my eye? I instantly started searching for it on Ebay and I found the copy above for under $3. I know it isn't the first edition and the condition isn't the best ( I'm not a collector so this doesn't matter), but I'm a fan of worn paperback books over new hardbacks because they feel so much more comfortable. One of the most interesting aspects of the book that sold me, aside from the price, is that it is set in 22 different typefaces. Having a book set in that many different typefaces is exactly what a few essays in the book will tell you not to do, but considering it is a collection of essays it's completely acceptable and actually teaches the reader about body type on a whole different level.
Anyway, I'm only halfway through the book due to the limited time I have to read, (which is 30 minutes at most if I take the bus to and from work, and if I get a seat in the back) but it won't prevent me from getting cheap used books online or at a few used bookstores to read in the future. This weekend at one of the used bookstores by the apartment, I lucked out and walked away with Anatomy of A typeface by Alexander Lawson, and Writing and Illuminating & Lettering by Edward Johnston. Both of which were cheaper than what they were going for online. So, you can probably guess what I did my entire weekend…
I'm slowly starting to grow personal design library and am trying to make the most out of the purchases I make. No more design books that just have a bunch of shiny pictures of other peoples work, no more fluff. Gimme all the history. Gimme all the knowledge. Gimme more gummy bears.