‘The Visual History of Type’, the new book from Paul McNeil, Senior Lecturer on LCC’s prestigious BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course, is a definitive survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing with movable type in the mid-fifteenth century to the present day.
Arranged chronologically, more than 320 typefaces are faithfully reproduced in the form of their original type specimens or earliest printings, located in their historical context through brief overviews and descriptions of the key characteristics of each typeface.
“I found researching this book to be an utter delight, designing it an anticipated chore, and writing it, really, really tough. As both author and designer, much of the process was a solitary, arduous and rather lonely task although, I was ably supported by a great team of people: picture researchers, photographers and editors,” Paul told us.
Working with students on a daily basis, Paul – one half of design studio MuirMcNeil alongside LCC’s Hamish Muir – became increasingly aware of their comparative lack of knowledge of the history of type. We reached out to Paul to hear more about putting it together and what it involved…