Thu Mar 13 15:01:47 CET 2003
Several people mailed me for references to typography books
The books I have read are listed below:
If you only read one buy and read #1
PS feel free to mail me more titles
The Complete Manual of Typography - James Felici -
Published by Adobe
Excellent - a lot of detail, several *chapters* devoted so line
spacing and justification - lots of postscript specific details -
interesting history of the reasons why Microsoft, Apple and Adobe
stuff is incompatible. Why virtually identical fonts on Apple and
Microsoft products have completely different names. Why truetype was
A typographic workbook - Kate Clair
Paperback: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 11.01 x 8.59
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; (January 4, 1999)
Also excellent - very good history of printing. The book is printed
in hundreds of different typefaces - every two or three pages the main
typefaces change - so you can see the effects of typesetting
significant bodies of texts in different typefaces.
Reading this book is *dangerous* - she warns that you'll never every
look at a typeface again without trying to classify the serifs and
trying to date it .. - do you know the difference between bracket and
square serifs - how many serif families there are etc.
Making digital type look good - bob gordon
Less good - rather quark specific - has nice potted histories of the
major typeface designers - who was garamond etc.
Many pages of comparison charts - i.e. prints of different typefaces
varying leading, measure, .... etc.
About Face - Reviving the rules of typography.
An arty book - nice prints of old 14-19 century books showing different
Bokstaven, ordet, texten - Christer Hellmark.
(in swedish) - great book.
This is a beautiful high quality book - the author not only
discusses the typography but even details of the paper (like the
weight of the paper, the color nuances, the type of cloth (and the
color) used in the binding.
This is modern printing at its best - there is attention to *all*
levels of detail - the text is clear and well written - the typography
is beautiful - the choice, color and weight of paper is exemplary, and
it's well bound - it's even fairly cheap (c. 245 kr)
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