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Best Typography Books

Explore the art and technique of type with this list of the best typography books, highly regarded and often featured by design experts and typographic artists.

Recommendations from 31 articles, Debbie Millman.
Best Typography Books
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The Elements of Typographic Style
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Robert Bringhurst - 2004-09-27 (first published in 1992)
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Discover the art of typography with this masterful style guide from renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst. This book combines the practical, theoretical, and historical aspects of typography, offering a completely updated edition with important revisions based on the ever-evolving field. Don't miss the expert insights and clarity that Bringhurst brings to this timeless subject.
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Thinking with Type
A Primer for Designers
Ellen Lupton - 2004-09-09
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This comprehensive book on typography covers the fundamental aspects of design: choosing fonts, sizing, alignment, spacing, and more. Ellen Lupton offers clear guidance and practical exercises for anyone wanting to improve their typography skills. Divided into letter, text, and grid sections, the book includes historical and theoretical concepts of typography, as well as examples from leading practitioners. Thinking with Type is a must-read for designers and anyone interested in typography.
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Just My Type
A Book About Fonts
Simon Garfield - 2011-09-01 (first published in 2010)
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Explore the fascinating world of fonts with Just My Type by Simon Garfield. Discover the stories behind popular typefaces, from Ikea’s Verdanagate to Comic Sans. Learn about the impact of upper case letters and the history of fonts in movies and album covers. With interviews from typeface creators, this book is the ultimate guide to everything font-related.
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The Anatomy of Type
A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces
Stephen Coles - 2012-11-13
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"The Anatomy of Type" is the ultimate guide to typography for creatives. This visually stunning book offers practical descriptions and diagrams to help you distinguish between related typefaces and understand how letterforms impact mood, readability, and use. Featuring 100 hand-picked typefaces, including both familiar classics and contemporary fonts, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to sharpen their typographic eye.
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A Manual of Design
Emil Ruder - 2001-03-01 (first published in 1981)
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Learn the fundamentals of typography from one of the great twentieth-century typographers. This timeless textbook has inspired generations of designers with its innovative rules that replace conventional ones. With over 500 examples and in English, German, and French, it's a must-have for both students and accomplished designers.
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Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
Steven Heller - 2011-05-09
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Explore the timeless elegance and sophistication of script typefaces with this inspiring book. From wedding invitations to diplomas, scripts add a touch of class to any text. Derived from handwriting, these stylized typefaces suggest, imply, or symbolize traits linked to writing. Featuring examples from a range of sources and countries, this compilation is a treasure trove of popular, rare, and forgotten scripts from the Golden Age of scripts. Discover long overlooked material and unleash your creativity with the hundreds of inventive examples found within.
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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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Discover the art and science of typography with Designing with Type. This perennial best-seller has been completely updated with new information, images, and an integrated website for even more typographic exploration. With over 250,000 copies sold, this fully updated fifth edition is the perfect tool for students and teachers alike. Explore hundreds of design solutions and gain access to a wealth of typographic knowledge. Let Designing with Type educate and inspire your next design project.
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Typography Sketchbooks
Steven Heller - 2011-09-28
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Delve into the minds of over 90 leading designers and typographers as they reveal their private sketchbooks and the creative process of typography design. From established designers to up-and-coming talents, Typography Sketchbooks showcases the expressive quality of letters and words in design. This collection emphasizes the importance of good typography and is a must-read for anyone who uses type, whether by hand or on screen. Discover how the craft of typography has endured for centuries and continues to shape visual communication and graphic design.
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Essay on Typography
Eric Gill - 2015-09-08 (first published in 1931)
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Explore the world of typography through the eyes of artist, letter carver, and social reformer Eric Gill. In his plainspoken and forceful 1931 essay, Gill argues for common sense in design, offering a model of composition that remains relevant today. Discover the exasperating, exorbitant, and exciting world of typography through the words of a true craftsman whose work reflected his philosophy and moral convictions.
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Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Cees W. de Jong - 2013-09-15
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Discover the fascinating world of typefaces and graphic styles with this comprehensive visual history book. Spanning from 1628 to the mid-20th century, it explores the evolution of printed lettering through roman, italic, bold, narrow, broad and other fonts. From borders and ornaments to calligrapher's letters, this book showcases a stunning collection of exquisite designs derived from a distinguished Dutch collection. With insightful texts from top editors and collectors, including Alston W. Purvis and Cees de Jong, this book is a must-read for all typography enthusiasts.
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann
The Visual History of Type by Paul McNeil
In Progress by Jessica Hische
The New Typography Weimar and Now by Jan Tschichold
Designing Type by Karen Cheng
On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria
Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin
Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman
Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton
The Designer's Dictionary of Type by Sean Adams
Counterpunch by Fred Smeijers
The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici
Art of the Printed Book, 1455-1955 by Pierpont Morgan Library
Typography Essentials by Ina Saltz
I Wonder by Marian Bantjes
The Evolution of Type by Tony Seddon
Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe
Meggs' History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs
Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines by Artists Guild Graphic
Jost Hochuli by Jost Hochuli
The Golden Secrets of Lettering by Martina Flor
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The Calligrapher's Business Handbook by Molly Suber Thorpe
The letter forms and type designs of Eric Gill by Robert Harling
Basic Typography by Ruedi Ruegg
Goudy's Type Designs by Frederic W. Goudy
Introduction to Typography by Oliver 1895- Simon
The crystal goblet by Beatrice Warde
Books and Printing; a Treasury for Typophiles by Various, Paul A. Bennett
Pioneers of Modern Typography by Herbert Spencer
Type & Typography by John D. & John Randle Berry, Well-Illustrated
Typographers on Type by Ruari McLean
A Type Primer by John Kane
Language Culture Type by John D. Berry
U&lc by John Berry
Shady Characters by Keith Houston
How Typography Happens by Ruari McLean
Encyclopaedia of Typefaces by Berry and Johnson Jaspert
Type Rules by Ilene Strizver
Creative Lettering by Jenny Doh
The 3D Type Book by Fl@33
Jan Tschichold and the New Typography by Paul Stirton
365 Typo by Edited
Type Team by Tony Seddon
Lessons in Typography by Jim Krause
Mr. Eric Gill by David Kindersley
Advertising Layout and Typography by Eugene de Lopatecki
A History of the Old English Letter Foundries by Talbot Baines Reed
FINE PRINT ON TYPE by Charles Bigelow, Linnea Gentry