This book will be an appreciable source of information
for typography professionals. It deals globally
with every aspects of type design from history to traditional type composition.
In particular, the historical part is very well documented. For specialists
Western typography is still dominated by letterforms
designed in the first hundred years of printing. What were the processes
that lie behind these forms ? This book provides a close-up view of
the work of the sixteenth-century French and Flemish punchcutters. On
the basis both of his own experience in making type and a hard look
at the surviving evidence, Fred Smeijers blows away the antiquarian
dust that now covers the topic. As an introduction to this discussion,
he outlines fundamental issues in letter and type design. The last chapters
consider punchcutting in the light of current technical and social developments.