Oddly enough, I started writing this love-post about my favorite book in November and never finished it. But, with all of my design books sitting on a bookshelf in California, I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder.
I'm really picky when it comes to purchasing design books. I'll think about buying a book for 6 months before actually biting the bullet. That being said, my Typomundus 20 book was not that type of a purchase (I thought about buying for a whole 30 seconds), and for that I'm glad.
The purpose of Typomundus 20 was to preserve and document the most significant typography of the 20th century (which it does) and nearly puts every other design book to shame in the process. If you have to know, it was a significant source of inspiration behind my BFA thesis.
I count myself extremely lucky to have a copy with no rips, tears, and all pages in tact. And the best part? Nearly 4 years ago I snagged my copy for a mere $30. Look online now and you'll find copies going for anywhere from $75 to $100.
Hans Neuburg, Anton Stankowski, Lou Dorfsman, Piet Zwart, Hiromu Hara, and Hermann Zapf, you've created a masterpiece, and for that, I'm forever grateful.
A huge thanks to Unit Editions for soothing my soul with these gorgeous Typomundus 20 images