uselesshipstertrash asked: I am a U.S. high school student who has been tasked by my English teacher with writing an essay on any topic of my choosing. For the sake of simplicity, I simply told him I will be writing about “a brief history of modern typeface design.” More specifically (now talking to someone with a proper understanding of typography and its significance), I am hoping you could turn me on to some good books on Swiss/German design and the New Int’l Style from the mid century that I could use in my research.
1. I’m not a graphic designer or a scholar of graphic design.
2. There’s a very big world of typography out there. “Swiss and German design from the mid-20th century” is a teeny-tiny sliver of it, and it’s at the bottom of the list of things I’m interested in.
3. A two-second Google search brought up this and this. If you want to check them out and your essay isn’t due within the next week or so, see if your local public library has them—or if it has access to WorldCat and an interlibrary loan service. (Knowing how to use ILL will serve you very well when you get to college, I promise you.) Also, check the references/bibliographies on the relevant Wikipedia pages, those are full of good primary sources.