Latin script typeforms and writing

Core texts

Gerritt Noordzij, The stroke of the pen, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, 1982 ; and The stroke: theory of writing, Hyphen Press, 2005

Robin Kinross, “Type as critique”. In Typography Papers 2, 1997


Primary references

Fernand Baudin and John Dreyfus (eds), Dossier a-z 73. Association Typographique Internationale, 1973

Erik van Blokland, Just van Rossum and Robin Kinross (eds), Gerrit Noordzij Index. On the Letterror site

David Cabianca, A study of Gerrit Noordzij. MATD Dissertation, University of Reading, 2005

Robin Kinross, Modern typography: an essay in critical history. Hyphen Press, 2004

Jan Middendorp,  Dutch type. 010 Publishers, 2004

—, “Review of The stroke: theory of writing”. In Eye [Magazine], no 59, 2006

Gerrit Noordzij,  Letterletter: an inconsistent collection of tentative theories that do not claim any other authority than that of common sense. Hartley & Marks, 2000 (Originals in the Department Collections)

—, “Reply to Robin Kinross”. In Typography Papers 2, 1997


Items for discussion

Frank Blokland (ed.), Letters & techniek. Letters, 1990

Matthew Carter & Eiichi Kono, Rediscovered design: Phone directory. (Reprint), 1990

Wim Crouwel, New alphabet: an introduction for a programmed typography. Total Design, 1967

Sem Hartz, Essays. Serifpers, 1992

Donald E Knuth, Metafont: A system for alphabet design. Stanford University, 1979

Mathieu Lommen, Het promaat van de pen: Een workshop letterontwerpen met Gerritt Noordzij, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, 2001

Mathieu Lommen & Peter Verheul, Haagse letters. Uitgeverij de Buitenkant, 1996

Ladislas Mandel, Écritures: miroir des homes et des sociétés. Atelier Perrouseaux, 1998

Stanley Morison, Pacioli’s classic Roman alphabet. Grolier Club, 1933

Lynn Ruggles, Letterform design systems. Stanford University, 1983

Oskar Schlemmer, Man. Lund Humphries, 1971

Jan Tschichold, “Of what value is tradition in type design?” In Typographic opportunities in the computer age: Papers of the 11th Congress of the Association Typographique Internationale, John Dreyfus & René Murat (ads), 1969

Gerard Unger, Een tegenvoorstel / A counter-proposal / Une contreproposition / Ein Gegenvorschlag. Steendrukkerij de Jong en Co, n.d.

Hermann Zapf, Classical typography in the computer age. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 1991


Post-seminar discussion references on Michael Twyman’s schema

“A schema for the study of graphic language.” In Paul A. Kolers, Merald E. Wrolstad & Herman Bouma (eds), Processing of visible language 1, Plenum Press, 1979

“Articulating graphic language: A historical perspective.” In Merald E. Wrolstad & Dennis F. Fisher (eds), Toward a new understanding of literacy. Praeger, 1986

Printing 1770–1970: an illustrated history of its development and uses in England. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970

“Using pictorial language: A discussion of the dimensions of the problem.” In Thomas M. Duffy & Robert Waller (ads), Designing usable texts. Academic Press, 1985

(MT items in the University Library and the Department Reading Room)


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