Foundations of Type Design

Section 6. History of the Latin Alphabet

Section 6. History of the Latin Alphabet

6.1: The Early Written Scripts

Links to References in Lecture:

Lecture Bibilography:

  • Anderson, Donald M. The Art of Written Forms: the Theory and Practice of Calligraphy. Toronto, London, Holt, 1969.
  • Clayton, Ewan. The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing. Atlantic Books, 2018.
  • Gray, Nicolete. Lettering as Drawing. Oxford U.P, 1970.
  • Tschichold, Jan. An Illustrated History of Writing and Lettering. 1948.

6.2: The Later Written Scripts

Links to References in Lecture:

  • Humanistic Cursive: Biblia. Bibliorum Tomus I, Antonio Sinibaldi or pupil Alessandro Verazzano 1489–90

Lecture Bibilography:

  • Anderson, Donald M. The Art of Written Forms: the Theory and Practice of Calligraphy. Toronto, London, Holt, 1969.
  • Clayton, Ewan. The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing. Atlantic Books, 2018.
  • Gray, Nicolete. Lettering as Drawing. Oxford U.P, 1970.
  • Tschichold, Jan. An Illustrated History of Writing and Lettering. 1948.

6.3: The Renaissance & The Writing Masters

Links to References in Lecture:

Lecture Bibilography:

  • Anderson, Donald M. The Art of Written Forms: the Theory and Practice of Calligraphy. Toronto, London, Holt, 1969.
  • Ogg, Oscar. Three Classics of Italian Calligraphy. Dover Publications, 1953.
  • pennavolans.com/19th-20th-penmanship-in-the-usa

6.4: The Early Types

Links to References in Lecture:

Lecture Bibilography:

  • Anderson, Donald M. The Art of Written Forms: the Theory and Practice of Calligraphy. Toronto, London, Holt, 1969.
  • Graphic Design History: www.designhistory.org

6.5: 19th and Early 20th Century Types

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6.6: Modern Types and Influences

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6.7: Outro


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