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Written & designed by Bruce Kennett. The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.
Written & designed by Bruce Kennett. The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.
Written & designed by Bruce Kennett. The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century.
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    Every bit counts! Your support is deeply appreciated and all supporters will receive a thank you email from the publisher, along with regular project updates connecting you to our community of letterform lovers and Dwiggins fans.

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    Postcards

    Backers at this level will receive a set of nine 5×7" postcards featuring illustrations and designs by Dwiggins, printed in color with the same high-precision stochastic technology used in the book.

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    New digital Electra fonts

    Designed by Dwiggins in the 1930s, the readable and lively Electra has been a popular book typeface for decades. Jim Parkinson lovingly revived the family in digital form for this book. Backers at this level will receive a commercial license for three fonts: roman with small caps, italic (sloped roman), and cursive.

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL – Standard edition

    FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition) at the special discounted price. 9×11 inches, 480 pages, 88,000 words, 1200 illustrations, hardcover, sewn construction, protective lamination.

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    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
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    The book

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition). 9×11 inches, 480 pages, 88,000 words, 1200 illustrations, hardcover, sewn construction, protective lamination.

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    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
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    Book + Linotype slug

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition), accompanied by a Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings that accompanies the deluxe edition.

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    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • A Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio
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    Book + postcards

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition), accompanied by a set of nine postcards featuring Dwiggins designs and illustrations.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Book + postcards + digital Electra fonts

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition), a set of nine postcards featuring Dwiggins designs and illustrations, and Jim Parkinson’s revival of Dwiggins’s Electra type (three digital fonts).

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    EARLY BACKER two-book special

    Based on feedback from our amazing community of backers, we are adding an option for ordering two books at once. This is a good idea for multiple reasons: as type designer David Jonathan Ross advises: “Order two books because you’re going to drool all over the first.” Also, two books ship more efficiently than one. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now while we’re still offering the early bird pricing.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Book + postcards + fonts + Linotype slug

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition), a set of nine postcards featuring Dwiggins designs and illustrations, Jim Parkinson’s revival of Dwiggins’s Electra type (three digital fonts), and a Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings that accompanies the deluxe edition.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • A Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Two-book special (standard edition)

    Based on feedback from our amazing community of backers, we are adding an option for ordering two books at once. This is a good idea for multiple reasons: as type designer David Jonathan Ross advises: “Order two books because you’re going to drool all over the first.” Also, two books ship more efficiently than one. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL – Deluxe edition

    FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition) at the discounted price. The deluxe edition will be accompanied by a signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s essays and fiction, both housed together in a slipcase. NOTE: this edition will be limited to copies ordered by April 28, 2017.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Deluxe book

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition). The deluxe edition will be accompanied by a signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s essays and fiction, both housed together in a slipcase. NOTE: this edition will be limited to copies ordered by April 28, 2017.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    EARLY BACKER "can't decide" special

    Can't decide on standard or deluxe? Order both! Also, two books ship more efficiently than one. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now while we’re still offering the early bird pricing.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Deluxe book + postcards + fonts

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition) accompanied by a signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s essays and fiction, both housed together in a slipcase, plus a set of nine postcards featuring Dwiggins designs and illustrations, and Jim Parkinson’s revival of Dwiggins’s Electra type (three digital fonts)

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Set of nine postcards
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Two-book "can't decide" special

    Can't decide on standard or deluxe? Order both! Also, two books ship more efficiently than one. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (standard edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    The Complete Deluxe Package w/ engraving

    Receive a copy of “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition) accompanied by a signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s essays and fiction, both housed together in a slipcase. Backers at this level will also receive one of twenty-two copper photoengravings used to print the letterpress portfolio, Jim Parkinson’s revival of Dwiggins’s Electra type (three digital fonts), a set of nine postcards featuring illustrations and designs by Dwiggins, and a Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio.

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    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Photoengraving (1 of 22 blocks used to illustrate the portfolio)
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • A Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    EARLY BACKER two-book special (deluxe)

    Based on feedback from our amazing community of backers, we are adding an option for ordering two books at once. This is a good idea for multiple reasons: as type designer David Jonathan Ross advises: “Order two books because you’re going to drool all over the first.” Also, two books ship more efficiently than one. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now while we’re still offering the early bird pricing.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Two-book special (deluxe edition)

    Two books are better than one! Also, two books ship more efficiently. Order with a friend and cut your shipping costs in half. If you’ve already ordered but would like to upgrade, please do so now.

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    Be our guest for dinner!

    You and your +1 will be our guests at a special dinner with the author and publisher after the publication party in either New York or San Francisco. Exact date TBD. Transportation not included.

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    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • A Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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    Cocktail reception for twenty

    You and your guests will be treated to a lavish cocktail reception at Letterform Archive’s beautiful San Francisco headquarters. Includes remarks and a thank you from the publisher, private tour, special exhibition of Dwiggins materials, food and drink for twenty people, and a commemorative keepsake for all attendees. Exact date TBD. Transportation not included.

    Includes:
    • “W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design” (deluxe edition)
    • Signed and numbered letterpress portfolio of Dwiggins’s writings
    • Jim Parkinson’s Electra revival (three digital fonts)
    • Set of nine postcards
    • A Linotype slug used to print the letterpress portfolio
    • Acknowledgement in the published book
    • Thank you from the publisher
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