Basics Typography 02: Using Type

Basics Typography 02: Using Type

by Michael Harkins

Michael Harkins was a director with a successful graphic design company before returning to education to teach full-time. He is a passionate advocate of the development of typographic study within graphic design and is currently working towards a PhD at Central Saint Martins, London, researching contemporary processes of text typeface design. He has been invited to talk at conferences internationally and his work has also been published and exhibited internationally. Michael is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is course leader for MA Graphic Design at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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AVA Publishing SA, 2010
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    978-1-350088-94-8 (online)

    978-2-940411-55-9 (paperback)

    978-2-9404-4727-5 (epdf)
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    First Edition
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Basics Typography 02: Using Type
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Basics Typography 02: Using Type is a wide ranging and practical guide to typography.

The book starts with an exploration of how to define type, where it is found and its many different uses. It goes on to examine layout and practice within a graphic design context, teaching designers how to work with type through specific projects and student exercises.

Highly illustrated, this title contains images of historically important work alongside many examples from contemporary design studios. A helpful running glossary and examples of successful student and professional work make this an esential handbook for students of graphic design and visual communication.