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Bruce Kennett

W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Regular Edition)

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Description

Often credited with inventing the term “graphic design,” W. A. Dwiggins was a quintessential maker — fabricating his own tools, inventing techniques, and experimenting with design in areas as wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, books, kites, marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting. More than any of his contemporaries, he united the full range of applied arts into a single profession — designer. Despite this, a thorough study of Dwiggins has never been published. Until now.

W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design offers an engaging and inspiring overview of the designer’s wide-ranging creative output and lasting impact on the graphic arts. Bruce Kennett’s careful research, warm prose, and inclusion of numerous personal accounts from Dwiggins’s friends and contemporaries portray not only a brilliant designer, but a truly likable character.

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Written and designed by Bruce Kennett, with a foreword by Steven Heller, this is the first biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century. Often credited with inventing the term “graphic design,” W. A. Dwiggins was a quintessential maker — fabricating his own tools, inventing techniques, and experimenting with design in areas as wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, books, kites, marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting. More than any of his contemporaries, he united the full range of applied arts into a single profession — designer. Despite this, a thorough study of Dwiggins has never been published. Until now.

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W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design offers an engaging and inspiring overview of the designer’s wide-ranging creative output and lasting impact on the graphic arts. Bruce Kennett’s careful research, warm prose, and inclusion of numerous personal accounts from Dwiggins’s friends and contemporaries portray not only a brilliant designer, but a truly likable character.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign supported by a community from over 43 countries, the book is now available directly from Letterform Archive.

Details
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Width: 9 in
Depth: 1.25 in
Height: 11 in
Publisher: Letterform Archive
Publication date: February 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9983180-0-4
Size: 9 × 11 × 1.25 inches
Page count: 496 including endnotes and index
Illustrations: Over 1,200
Printing: Full-color stochastic screening on acid-free Sappi Opus paper in Maine, USA
Binding: Hardcover, Smythsewn, bound in Boston, USA
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W. A. Dwiggins Postcards
LfA Aluminia Fonts

Designed for W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design, master letterer and type designer Jim Parkinson digitally restored the sturdy yet elegant shapes, readability, and vigor of a classic 20th-century metal typeface, Electra. Parkinson’s design refers directly to authentic Linotype drawings in the collections of Letterform Archive and the Boston Public Library. Read more about the design process.

Styles Roman, Oblique, Cursive, Small Caps
Formats OpenType (OTF/TTF), Web (WOFF/WOFF2)
License This basic font license authorizes up to 5 users (desktop) or 15,000 unique pageviews/month (web). For an extended license, please contact us.