Moscow: Izdanie avtora, 1927. Item #1098
36 pp.: ill. 18x13 cm. In original printed wrappers. In very good condition, minor fragment of the spine lost, pale water stain on the back cover.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies.
The earliest manual on neutral technical fonts in the Soviet Union. In times of abundance of type designs published in special catalogues and manuals, draftsmen and industrial designers needed to use fonts lacking excess elements. They tended to use a simple and clear typeface.
In 1919-1922, the German Standards Committee (DIN) outlined lettering standards for technical applications. The DIN typeface had no serifs or other details. It was accepted for technical purposes in the USSR following German, British, French and American practices. In Russian, it was called normal or standard typeface.
The book showcases the Russian alphabet in these fonts, explains the construction of separate letters and methods of writing. The slope degrees, height and width of letters are indicated along with commentaries on what factors influenced the font size and how to create a grid for lettering. Various tools were overviewed, including Soviet nib pens suited to the normal typeface most of all: ‘normografic’ nib and nib ‘Redis’. Illustrations feature tools themselves and what line width they produced.
Not found in Worldcat.