Graphic designers have always developed and designed new fonts for application
in individual projects. Playful Type discovers a new and young generation
of designers who are applying typography beyond the classical typeset and creating
a dynamic range of playful and illustrative fonts and ephemeral lettering.
Playful Type examines how designers today are creating typography with the aid
of a multitude of different techniques. From manual lettering, calligraphy and
collage to manipulative time exposure of photographs, designers are developing
fonts for the moment which are irregular and often accidental. Blocks of ice are
even being staged as real characters and paper cut forms and shadows metamorphose
into letters and spatial installations. This book shows such cuttingedge
examples of elusive scripts that are being translated into serially employable
alphabets to be used digitally with the computer.
Playful Type presents an inspiring collection of illustrative fonts and hand-made
typography created from a variety of cutting-edge approaches and indicates
current development in font design.