dot-font: Talking About Fonts
John D. Berry
- Page Count: 128
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 inches
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: February 2007
- Price: $16.95
- ISBN: 978-0-9772827-0-8
Mark Batty Publisher proudly commences the dot-font series, about design in the world around us, with two titles: dot-font: Talking About Design and dot-font: Talking About Fonts. Both books offer a selection of direct, opinionated, authoritative, often witty essays selected from the “dot-font” column that John Berry has written since 2000 for the website for creative professionals, Creativepro.com. In these essays, Berry, who is both an editor and designer himself, assesses practitioners, ideas, successes, and failures with regard to the fields of design and fonts.
Berry believes that all aspects of design ought to be taught as an essential part of modern education. He writes, “We live, after all, in a designed world, and we’re responsible for designing it.” Design is everywhere, yet it’s rarely understood for what it is. Design can be fashionable, but fashion is not design. To that end, in these two books, Berry investigates how design makes a difference in the real world (ballot design, mapping mass transit), challenges long-standing beliefs about fonts, and explores how traditions have been augmented by technology.
All of the releases in the Dot-font series will be small, inexpensive books that compactly illuminate their respective subjects. They are written and illustrated to be accessible for the layperson, but contain examples and insight sure to intrigue the most experienced designers and typographers.