Loxley — Type

Loxley, Simon. Type: The Secret History of Letters. London: I. B. Tauris, 2004.

  • Contents: Sine qua non. The naked letter:the anatomy of type. Introduction. The adventure and the art: the obscure origins of a revolution — Dynasty: in which William Caslon makes Britain the type centre of the world — Garamuddle: when is a sixteenth-century typeface not a sixteenth-century typeface? — The maverick tendency: the type and strange afterlife of John Baskerville — Detour Meltdown: a stroll around a fallen giant — ‘Hideous Italians’: thicks, thins, and the rise of advertising type — American spring: creating the modern age — An awful beauty: the private press movement — Under fire: Frederic Goudy, type star — Detour Typecast: on the trail of the metal fanatics — Going Underground: Edward Johnston’s letters for London — The doves and the serpent: Stanley Morison and the Wardes — Dangerous passions: radical European typography in the inter-war years — Leper messiah: Gill semi-light, Gill heavy — Europe after the rain: rebirth and twilight — Detour Portable serenity: the precision and the passion of the letter cutter — Two ghosts: forgotten technologies from the dustbin of history — Motorway madness: David Kindersley and the great road sign ruckus — A company man: Herb Lubalin and the International Typeface Corporation — The twenty-six soldiers: fiddling with the format — New gods: Neville Brody and the designer decade — Revolution again: liberating the letter — Detour Inside the micro-foundry: twenty-first-century type — Typocalypse.