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The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design Companion, Part V Book Cover

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Before I learned to design books, I learned to love books and movies. And film titles were actually some of the first graphics to make an impression on me. So I looked forward to the Film Graphics category from the moment I saw it named on one of the divider cards in the box in which The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design arrived.

Film graphics often find their way onto movie posters, in addition to titles and credits. And this category is about the graphics themselves. It has the smallest number of examples in the categories reviewed to this point.

While not immediately intuitive, the connection I see between film graphics and book design is along the lines of the inspiration many graphic artist get from “found type,” letterforms found out “in the wild,” in real life. The relations between type and the space around it are displayed in a number of ways under this category.

Type as graphics are particularly useful for book covers and title pages. The Archive inspires in yet another way.

anatomy_of_a_murder

from_russia_with_love

north_by_northwest

the_man_with_the_golden_arm

vertigo


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