Pioneers of Modern Typography

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Pioneers of Modern Typography was a book written by Herbert Spencer in 1969.

Pioneers of Modern Typography drew on and re-used material previously published by Spencer in the journal Typographica, which had brought to Britain some of the typographical experiments and design history of continental Europe.[1] In Lund Humphries description of the book:[2]

"Modern typography does not have its origins in the conventional printing industry. Its roots are entwined with those of twentieth-century painting, poetry and architecture, and it flowered quite suddenly and dramatically in the twenty years following the publication of Marinetti's Futurist manifesto in 1909."


  1. ^ Robin Kinross (Spring 1984). Review: Pioneers of Modern Typography by Herbert Spencer. Design Issues 1 (1): 89-91. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Pioneers of Modern Typography. Lund Humphries. Archived 26 January 2014.