W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design
“The quality of reproduction, and its understated use of color correction adds to the book’s authenticity. Bruce made me understand the extent of WAD’s genius. I was always impressed, but I had no idea.” — Roger Black, publication designer, founder of Font Bureau
Designer of books and types, calligrapher, illustrator, marionette engineer, and writer. W. A. Dwiggins was one of the most influential and innovative designers of the twentieth century, but what’s less known is the scope of his creativity, the fullness of his impressive body of work, and the inspiring attitudes with which he faced every challenge in life.
“It is difficult to imagine a better biographer and designer for W. A. Dwiggins than is Bruce Kennett. A passionate admirer of “WAD” and his work, Kennett has devoted the last fifteen years to producing what has to be the final, most beautiful word on his hero in W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design (Letterform Archive, 2017). He has performed the challenging feat of providing a vast amount of material about Dwiggins for the professional while writing an engaging narrative for the general reader.” — Valerie Lester, author of Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World
“W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design reminds us that living is an art. Bruce Kennett has written and designed a highly satisfying account of the life of the graphic artist and designer that fuses the life and work in a way that Dwiggins himself would have appreciated.” — Stephen Enniss, Director, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
“Plenty of biographers write books, very few illustrate them, and none so far as I know create the physical product. This book may well be unique in the history of biography.” — Carl Rollyson, biographer of Michael Foot, Amy Lowell, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, and Susan Sontag