Art of Typography by Martin Solomon

By Martin Solomon

"Typo-icon-ography" is Solomon's time period for the artwork of typography, an artwork he unearths such as portray, tune, or dance in its symbolic and inventive price. the shape of this well-illustrated publication displays his view that "drawing letters is synonymous with learning the superb arts. it's a disciplined artwork as a result of its exactness, but inside of its rigorous necessities, it unearths the loose move of mystical lines." half 1 discusses the weather and rules of typographic format and layout in aesthetic phrases, whereas the remainder sections particularly relate to refinements of operating with sort, e.g., terminology, measurements, spacing, paper. urged assignments, together with developing city indicators, cards, and picture essays, illustrate the visible rules Solomon discusses. For topic collections. Ann Copeland, Drew Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
Copyright 1986 Reed company info, Inc.

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A blend of the primitive and the sophisticated, where post-and-lintel construction dominated and neither the arch nor the wheel was known, and yet the stonework was so masterfully cut that it had no need of mortar to bind it together and holds together still, as tightly strong as the day it was built. The Mesoamericans had complex, fully developed systems of mathematics, medicine, astronomy, trade routes, and writing. Their decorative stone carving—sculptures and glyphlike writing—was crafted with such skill that much of it survives, despite centuries of weathering and erosion and the deliberate attempts of the Spanish conquistadores to destroy it.

36 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURE The Vikings exploded into the pages of European history in 793 when they sailed to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), burning and looting, but before writing them off as bloodthirsty barbarians, it is worth remembering that they were a sophisticated culture, highly skilled in many arts. VIKING STRUCTURES Courageous, fearless, strong, aggressive lovers of battle, adaptable, loyal, and noble—all these apply to the Vikings. The image of them as fearless, bloodthirsty warriors, demons from hell who had it in for the Christians, was painted by a people on the losing side, and is as one-sided as it is misguided.

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