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Best Typography Books

Recommendations from 21 articles, Debbie Millman.
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The Elements of Typographic Style
Version 4.0
Robert Bringhurst - Jan 15, 2013 (first published in 1992)
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Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision and updating of the longest chapter, "Prowling the Specimen Books," and many other small but important updates bas...
Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - Apr 15, 2004
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The organization of letters on a blank sheet—or screen—is the most basic challenge facing anyone who practices design. What type of font to use? How big? How should those letters, words, and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered, shaped, and otherwise manipulated? In this groundbreaking new primer, leading design educator and historian Ellen Lupto...
Just My Type
A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield - Sep 04, 2012 (first published in 2010)
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What’s your type? Suddenly everyone’s obsessed with fonts. Whether you’re enraged by Ikea’s Verdanagate, want to know what the Beach Boys have in common with easy Jet or why it’s okay to like Comic Sans, Just My Type will have the answer. Learn why using upper case got a New Zealand health worker sacked. Refer to Prince in the Tafkap years as a Din...
A Manual of Design
Emil Ruder - Mar 01, 2001 (first published in 1981)
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Emil Ruder's Typography is the timeless textbook from which generations of typographer and graphic designers have learned their fundamentals. Ruder, one of the great twentieth-century typographers was a pioneer who abandoned the conventional rules of his discipline and replaced them with new rules that satisfied the requirements of his new typograp...
The Anatomy of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces
Stephen Coles - Nov 13, 2012
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Students and professionals in any creative field can benefit from a good typographic eye. The Anatomy of Type (The Geometry of Type in the UK) is all about looking more closely at letters. Through visual diagrams and practical descriptions, you’ll learn how to distinguish between related typefaces and see how the attributes of letterforms (such as ...
Designing with Type
The Essential Guide to Typography
James Craig - May 01, 2006 (first published in 1971)
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The classic Designing with Type has been completely redesigned, with an updated format and full color throughout. New information and new images make this perennial best-seller an even more valuable tool for anyone interested in learning about typography. The fifth edition has been integrated with a convenient website,, wh...
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
Erik Spiekermann - Dec 23, 2013 (first published in 1993)
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A bestselling design classic, Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works has inspired and enlightened designers for 20 years with its bold, engaging design and entertaining approach to type education. In this third edition, internationally acclaimed designer Erik Spiekermann brings the book up to date with an all-new chapter on mobile and web ty...
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Typography Sketchbooks
Steven Heller - Dec 28, 2011
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* Typography the design of letters is at the heart of visual communication and graphic design. No design is successful without successful typography.* An artful craft since the days of moveable type, today's digital designers have an unimaginable array of possibilities when it comes to choosing typefaces. Whether on paper, screen or in e-ink, legib...
Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
Steven Heller - Nov 12, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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Seen in everything from wedding invitations and birth announcements to IOUs, menus, and diplomas, script typefaces impart elegance and sophistication to a broad variety of texts. Scripts never go out of style, and the hundreds of inventive examples here are sure to inspire today's designers.Derived from handwriting, these are typefaces that are sty...
Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Cees W. de Jong - Aug 06, 2017 (first published in 2009)
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For The Love of Letters A history of fonts and graphic styles from 1628 to 1938 This comprehensive book offers a thorough overview of typeface design from 1628 to the mid-20th century. Derived from a distinguished Dutch collection, a series of exquisitely designed catalogues trace the evolution of the printed letter via specimens in roman, italic, ...
Essay on Typography
Eric Gill - Sep 08, 2015 (first published in 1931)
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Born in 1882, Eric Gill was an artist, letter carver, polemicist, and social reformer. In 1925, he had started drawing alphabets and printing books, and in 1931, this plainspoken little book was a fustian and forceful argument for common sense in design, composed for anyone remotely interested in the subtle and evolving challenge of the typographic...
In Progress by Jessica Hische
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
The New Typography Weimar and Now by Jan Tschichold
Typography Essentials by Ina Saltz
The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici
Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton
I Wonder by Marian Bantjes
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Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs
The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro
The Visual History of Type by Paul McNeil
On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria
Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
Typographers on Type by Ruari McLean
Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin
U&lc by John Berry
A Type Primer by John Kane
Encyclopaedia of Typefaces by Berry and Johnson Jaspert