Fuse: From Invention to Antimatter (Amazon Link)
James Cheshire has his brother review “Fuse: From Invention to Antimatter,” under the blog title: Book Review: Fuse.
From the post:
“In a world of generic mediocrity and corporate obeyance, new flowers of exuberance bloom in dark crevices. FUSE is a breach in the wall, a genetic mutation from which new lifeforms can spring [...] Never before has FUSE been so relevant and so necessary.”
The words of Neville Brody open FUSE 1-20, From Invention to Antimatter: 20 years of FUSE with the air of positive aggression and idealism that continues throughout the book. Across twenty editions (since 1991) FUSE has sought to challenge and invigorate the language of typography. Always contained within a cardboard box, each themed issue featured written editorials from leading designers, posters and a disc with four or more fonts for personal use and exploration. This new book (within a FUSE box) from Taschen is essentially a retrospective of all the FUSE editions to date, along with additional essays, conference transcripts, and two new issues – FUSE19 and FUSE20.
Typography, like page layout, is one of those things most of us pass over without realizing its impact on communication or even understanding itself.
Definitely on my priority order list!
BTW, do note that Amazon lists as: “Fuse: Neville Brody,” Chesire’s review gives both “Fuse: From Invention to Antimatter,” and “FUSE: 1-20, From Invention to Antimatter: 20 years of FUSE,” and no doubt other variations will abound.