This book is intended as a companion volume to the original
Computers and Typography, but in no way supercedes it. The first
book discussed many of the traditional typographic guidelines, and
related them to modern technology. It recognised that this
knowledge had not been part of the training or experience of the
earlier generation of computer programmers and software designers,
and that the importance of such issues was still not fully appreciated.
The following words appeared recently in the publicity for an
exhibiton of the work of Sumner Stone, the American calligrapher
turned computer type designer: ‘As the keyboard becomes a more
familiar tool than pen or pencil, and the ancient bond between
handwritten letterforms and the type used by printers seems about
to vanish, what will determine the standards of legibility, clarity,
impact or fluency of the alphabets that fill our daily lives?’ This
statement seems to echo the concerns of many of the contributors to
this book as they chart the changes that the computer inevitably has
brought to their work. The experience they bring, resulting from
their traditional training allied to their work at the forefront of
typographic design in the age of computers, is invaluable.
This volume reflects the developments in the rapidly-changing field of typography for computer interface design. Presented as a series of integrated case studies and interviews, the book covers: the skills needed for quality website design; the impact of computers upon publishing and coroprate design; the use of computers within the educational field; the progress of child-orientated typefaces; and issues in screen layout when designing educational and training software.
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