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Best Typography Books

Recommendations from 23 articles, Debbie Millman.
Best Typography Books
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The Elements of Typographic Style
Version 4.0
Robert Bringhurst - 2013-01-15 (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...
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Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - 2004-04-15
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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...
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Just My Type
A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield - 2012-09-04 (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...
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The Anatomy of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces
Stephen Coles - 2012-11-13
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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 ...
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A Manual of Design
Emil Ruder - 2001-03-01 (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...
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Designing with Type
The Essential Guide to Typography
James Craig - 2006-05-01 (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...
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Typography Sketchbooks
Steven Heller - 2011-12-28
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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...
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Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
Steven Heller - 2012-11-12 (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...
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Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
Erik Spiekermann - 2013-12-23 (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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The Visual History of Type
A visual survey of 320 typefaces
Paul McNeil - 2017-09-26
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The Visual History of Type is a comprehensive, detailed survey of the major typefaces produced since the advent of printing with movable type in the mid–fifteenth century to the present day. Arranged chronologically to provide context, more than 320 typefaces are displayed in the form of their original type specimens or earliest printing. Each entr...
Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
Essay on Typography by Eric Gill
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
In Progress by Jessica Hische
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
On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria
The ABC of Custom Lettering by Ivan Castro
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
Language Culture Type by John D. Berry