Arcade Game Typography

Arcade Game Typography

The Art of Pixel Type

Book - 2019
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"Arcade Game Typography' presents readers with a fascinating new world of typography - the pixel typeface. Video game designers of the 70s, 80s and 90s faced colour and resolution limitations that stimulated incredible creativity: with letters having to exist in an 8x8 square grid, artists found ways to create expressive and elegant character sets within a tiny canvas. Featuring pixel typefaces carefully selected from the first decades of arcade video games, 'Arcade Game Typography' presents a previously undocumented "outsider typography" movement, accompanied by insightful commentary from author Toshi Omagari, a Monotype typeface designer himself, and screenshots of the type in use. Exhaustively researched, this book gathers an eclectic typography from hit games such as Super Sprint, Pac-Man, After Burner, Marble Madness, Shinobi, as well as countless lesser-known gems. The book presents its typefaces on a dynamic and decorative grid, taking reference from high-end type specimens while adding a suitably playful twist. Unlike print typefaces, pixel type often has bold colour `baked in' to the characters, so Arcade Game Typography looks unlike any other typography book, fizzing with life and colour." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: London : Thames and Hudson, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780500021743
Call Number: 794.83 OMA
Characteristics: 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Muroga, Kiyonori


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