Logotype

We’ve had a copy of Michael Evamy’s latest book Logotype for about a week now, but we’ve only just got round to writing about it because, frankly, we’ve been too busy geekily poring over it.

Logotype

Logotype brings together more than 1300 largely black-and-white type-based logos, classified into groupings such as ‘sans serif’, ‘negative space’ and ‘multilayered’.

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Each is presented with a credit, date of birth and a short description. Similar weighting is give to the familiar (Tate, by Wolff Olins, 1999, ‘blurred/repeated’) and the more esoteric (Pukstaavi book museum, by Hahmo, 2010 ‘typographic marks: other punctuation’).

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There’s also a high proportion of recent UK logotypes, with projects such as Hat-Trick’s identity for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Carter Wong’s Norton Motorcycles rebrand and Studio 8’s Central School of Speech and Drama ID all represented.

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Evamy’s introduction also provides insights into the fiendish simplicity of the logotype design process, with, for example, this lovely quote from Paula Scher about her identity for financial group Citi: ‘It took me a few seconds to draw it. But it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds.’

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Logotype, by Michael Evamy, is published by Laurence King, priced at £22.50.

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