A Catalog Of Type: Hand Job

From the title I bet you're wondering what this post is about! Well I'm going to do a review of one of my favourite design books (Hand Job) by Michael Perry.

As a designer I'm always looking for inspiration or even when I'm not intentionally looking I will still find myself critically analysing designs everywhere I go; I guess when you're a designer its a given that your mind will always be proactive.

If any of you are designers yourself, you'll know the struggle of even just looking at a restaurant menu and automatically redesigning the poor attempt in your mind *I could do better*; or on the other hand you get these moments where you fall in love the design and have to buy it whatever it is. I have myself had one of these moments recently, for some reason I decided what i've always wanted is a calm book (bare in mind I'm not in to meditation or anything along those lines); in actual fact my true motives was I fell in love with book through its vibrant blue cover coupled with the beautiful type positioned in a contrasting white circle in the centre of the cover. Another factor was the matte finish *screams inside* which was an added bonus to the creative layout inside. Enough though about this book; i'll come back to it when I have read some more of it so I can give a reasoned response. Back to the actual topic at hand!

I originally bought this book as I'd seen so many good reviews about it and at the time I was looking to create my own typeface for a project at uni so I thought why not! It has been one of the best decisions I've made! As a designer in a world that is always improving in terms of technology, its hard not to go straight to the MacBook rather than get pen to paper; I for one is ashamed to say I do this regularly. You get caught up in the design and want to see it all perfectly designed digitally; but we are missing out an important stage which helps us break free from the nauseatingly bad designs. This book is refreshing to the eye; to explore hand-drawn type and so much creativity is amazing to see due to the digital age we live in.

Many of the typefaces in the book are playful in design which I find extremely interesting as although they wouldn't be used for body copy they could be used in the creation of a brand. I'm very much a lover of modern design with its use of the grid system and its clean minimalist design; however these postmodern types are opening my mind up to exploring more expression through design. Although in my eyes the design must always be practical at the forefront.

I have so many more books I need and want but if I were to buy them all tomorrow I would need a bank loan!

#Inspiration

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