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Never Use Futura

Conceived around the directive commonly given to students, this is the first major English-language book to concentrate on Futura, using the foundational typeface to open up an alternate history of modern graphic design.It's everywhere, including the moon (on the commemorative plaque left by Apollo 11 astronauts), Nike sneakers, Barbara Kruger, Ed Ruscha, and Jenny Holzer artworks, 2001: A Space Odyssey credits, Domino's Pizza boxes, Absolut Vodka bottles, and Red Bull cans. Richard Nixon used it for his presidential campaign, as did Hillary Clinton. Indeed, Futura is one of the most-used fonts in the world today-the typeface of modern design-more so even than Helvetica. This fascinating book explores the cultural history and uses of a face that's so common you might not notice, until you start looking, then can't escape it. Douglas Thomas traces Futura from its Bauhaus-inspired origin in Paul Renner's 1924 design, to its current role as the go-to choice for corporate work, logos, motion pictures, and advertisements. Never Use Futura is illuminating, sometimes playful, reading, not just for type nerds, but for anyone interested in how typefaces are used, take on meaning, and become a language of their own.
Product Overview
ISBN 9781616895723
Categories Architecture and Design, BX, New Arrivals, Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction: Lifestyle
Author(s) Doug Thomas
Publisher Princeton Architectural Press
Weight 0.386 kg

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