Learn everything about type with this brilliant (and weighty) tome

Paul McNeil has just published a new book on the history of type communication.


Impressively The Visual History of Type takes a close look at every major typeface produced since the advent of printing from the 1450s until now. As you can imagine, this book is not for the faint-hearted – but rather for typography nerds, aspiring typographers and practitioners.

The weighty tome offers a comprehensive survey of the major typefaces we know, with an emphasis on direct representation of 320 key historical type designs presented in their original specimens.

With over 350 illustrations, The Visual History of Type’s great knowledge will also appeal to graphic designers, educators, historians and design students.

Author Paul McNeil is a graphic designer with over 30 years of experience in corporate and brand communication.

Together with Hamish Muir, he co-founded MuirMcNeil, a company which explores parametric design to generate appropriate solutions to visual communication issues. He is a specialist in typography and systems and information designs. Paul has worked for UK telecommunications, the government and public and charity sectors. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the London College of Communication, where he was course leader for the MA in Contemporary Typographic Media from 2010 to 2015.


The Visual History of Type is arranged chronologically to provide easy contextualisation. Each entry is supported by a brief history and description of the key characteristics of the typeface, so that even if you have no prior knowledge of type, you will easily be able to understand the book.

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St Bride Library described it as "the most comprehensive book on typography in the last 60 years", adding that "The Visual History of Type sets a new standard."

If you have an interest in visual culture and type communication, The Visual History of Type is the book you need.

The Visual History of Type will be published by Laurence King and released on September 11, 2017. You can preorder it on Amazon, for £39.