One of the great achievements of modern art is the shift from art as an object to art as an experience, something that often brings wonder to the ordinary and seemingly inane moments in our everyday lives. In Typographic Universe (Thames & Hudson, $50) font enthusiasts Steven Heller and Gail Anderson bring that aesthetic to the world of lettering with their delightful collection of photographs. The conceit of the book is that letters, and thus, fonts, are around us all the time; we only need to open our eyes and look for them. The images of found typography are presented in categories including animal type, edible type, and industrial type, each with a lively introduction by the editors. Part creative inspiration, part conversation-starter, this is a book to keep on your desk or your coffee table to brighten slow days and subtly change how you look at the world around you.
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