T Y P O G R A P H Y
S K E T C H B O O K S

A voyeuristic look at the underbelly of the art-science of typography

Written by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico

Steven Heller & Lita Talarico
 


For 33 years Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.

Lita Talarico is a co-founder and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program in New York City. She also co-founded the SVA Masters Workshop in Italy, an ongoing summer program. She also teaches and lectures on design entrepreneurism around the world.

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About the book

This book provides a glimpse into the sketchbooks of nearly 120 of the world’s leading typographers and graphic designers to reveal their creative processes. The book is ordered by designer and will give you great insights into the processes of these people; from world-renowned designers to up and coming typographers.

Contributors include Milton Glaser, Erik Spiekermann, Peter Bil’ak, Seb Lester and various others. Heller & Talarico provide commentary on the processes, inspirations, techniques and philosophies shown throughout the book.


Typography Sketchbooks
Typography Sketchbooks



A short review

If you were to create a window into the minds of graphic designers and typographers, this would probably be as close as you could get.

Steven Heller and Lita Talarico have created an amazing book showcasing the sketchbooks of various typographers and graphic designers; renowned as well as up and coming. Each designer is featured with scans and photographs of sketchbooks and profiled in the form of a micro-essay.


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“Every page is a joy to look at and it’s absolutely inspiring to see how all these great, talented people work”

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The selection made by Heller and Talarico reveals two types of type designers: the designer as an artist that uses letterforms for self-expression and experimentation, and the designer as the scientist—the scientist that applies precision and uses techniques to create stunning typography.

Every page is a joy to look at and it’s absolutely inspiring to see how all these great, talented people work. The book is heavy and thick (about 350 pages) and I still grab it now and then to flick through it. A wonderful collection and a must-have if you are into design and/or typography.