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    Typography Books

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    Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

    By Ellen Lupton

    Princeton Architectural Press
    Paperback (224 pages)

    Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
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    • Princeton Architectural Press
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    Our all time best selling book is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering. Throughout the book, visual examples show how to be inventive within systems of typographic form—what the rules are and how to break them. Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words. The popular online companion to Thinking with Type (www.thinkingwithtype.com) has been revised to reflect the new material in the second edition.

    Lessons in Typography: Must-know typographic principles presented through lessons, exercises, and examples (Creative Core)

    By Jim Krause

    New Riders
    Paperback (240 pages)

    Lessons in Typography: Must-know typographic principles presented through lessons, exercises, and examples (Creative Core)
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    Get hands on with type in this lesson-based addition to Jim Krause’s popular new Creative Core series on design fundamentals. In Lessons in Typography, you’ll learn the basics of identifying, choosing, and using typefaces and immediately put that knowledge to work through a collection of exercises designed to deepen and expand your typographic skills.


    After a crash course in type terminology, you’re encouraged to walk the talk with lessons and exercises on creating type-based logos, crafting personal emblems, choosing and using the right fonts for layouts, designing your own fonts, fine-tuning text like a professional, hand lettering, and more. Krause uses practical advice, humor, and page after page of visual examples to give you a complete education in designing with type that you can read in a matter of hours and continue to learn from over the course of your career.

    In Lessons in Typography, you’ll learn how to:

    • Identify and discuss fonts like a design professional
    • Choose and combine fonts effectively for use in your projects and layouts
    • Create monograms and logos using existing typefaces and custom-built letterforms
    • Modify fonts to meet your design’s specific needs
    • Space letters properly using tracking, kerning, and leading and create eye-pleasing layouts

    Lessons in Typography is the third book in the New Riders Creative Core series, which provides instruction on the fundamental concepts and techniques that all designers must master to become skilled professionals. Additional titles in the series include Visual Design and Color for Designers.


    The Typography Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters (Type, Fonts, Graphic Design)

    By Steven Heller

    Laurence King Publishing
    Released: 2016-08-23
    Paperback (128 pages)

    The Typography Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters (Type, Fonts, Graphic Design)
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    • LAURENCE KING
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    "This book is a short read, perfectly pitched at those looking to take their first step into the world of typography" CreativeBloq

    "Geared towards helping you evolve different typographic styles, the book […] is packed with practical techniques and iconic examples" – Creative Boom


    Playing with typographic puzzle pieces is one of the joys of graphic design and typographers have many entertaining, esoteric, and eccentric options at their disposal. The Typography Idea Book presents 50 of the most inspiring approaches used by masters of the field from across the world, visible in all areas of popular culture. Beautifully illustrated, this book presents images from leading designers who use fonts, lettering, illustrations and digital media in all fields of the visual arts, including web design, logo design and branding.

    Geared towards helping you evolve different typographic styles, The Typography Idea Book contains none of the technical jargon or tired old rules found in traditional tutorials but is packed with practical techniques and iconic examples. From type transformation to abstraction, via overlapping, hand–lettering, vectorizing, novelty typefaces, and puns, discover all the brilliant ideas you could be bringing to your own designs.

    From the introduction:

    "Not every designer is a good, much less a great, typographer. Actually, to be a great typographer you have to be a highly skilled graphic designer in the first place. Typography is, arguably, the most important component of graphic design. It requires a distinct ability to make readable messages while expressing, emoting and projecting concepts to audiences, large and small.

    Typography can be copied and, therefore, it can be taught. Like the classical painting student learning to perfect the rendering of human form by repeatedly drawing from the same plaster cast, the best way to learn typography is to do it over and over again. Theory is fine, but practice is necessary in order to develop a visceral feeling about the way letters sit on a page or screen. You must know if they are in harmony, or unsuited to marriage. Playing with typographic puzzle pieces is one of the joys of typography. While the end result must be understandable – though please note that doesn't necessarily mean legible, for illegibility is relative and what is illegible can often be deciphered – the process can be intuitive. What you see is more than what you get: playing with type is an opportunity to create typographic personalities both for yourself and for your clients.

    This book is geared towards helping you evolve different typographic characters or styles, or perhaps even your specific design signature. What this book is not is a tutorial in typographic basics – kerning, spacing, selecting, and so on. There are many excellent existing volumes that will give you that essential knowledge. Our intention here is to lay out many of the fun, esoteric and eccentric options a typographer has at his or her disposal. These 'commonly uncommon' approaches include type transformation and mutation, as well as puns and metaphors, and typographic pastiche and quotation.

    In other words if typographic basics are the 'main course' in your typographic feeding frenzy, the ideas herein are the dessert. It's time to indulge yourself in what is offered on the menu of typographic confections." – Steven Heller and Gail Anderson

    Typography Essentials Revised and Updated: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

    By Ina Saltz

    Rockport Publishers
    Released: 2019-01-08
    Paperback (208 pages)

    Typography Essentials Revised and Updated: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type
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    Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type is a practical, hands-on resource that distills and organizes the many complex issues surrounding the effective use of typography. An essential reference for designers since 2009, Typography Essentials is now completely refreshed with updated text, new graphics and photos, and a whole new look. 

    Divided into four sections—The Letter, The Word, The Paragraph, and The Page—the text is concise, compact, and easy to reference. Each of the 100 principles, which cover all practical aspects of designing with type, has an explanation and inspiring visual examples drawn from international books, magazines, posters, and more.

    Typography Essentials is for designers of every medium in which type plays a major role, and is organized and designed to make the process enjoyable and entertaining, as well as instructional.

    Arcade Game Typography: The Art of Pixel Type

    By Toshi Omigari

    Thames & Hudson
    Released: 2019-10-29
    Paperback (272 pages)

    Arcade Game Typography: The Art of Pixel Type
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    The definitive survey of ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s arcade video game pixel typography.

    Arcade Game Typography presents readers with a fascinating new world of typography: the pixel typeface. Video game designers of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s faced color and resolution limitations that stimulated incredible creativity. With each letter having to exist in a small pixel grid, artists began to use clever techniques to create elegant character sets within a tiny canvas. This book presents typefaces on a dynamic and decorative grid, taking reference from high-end type specimens while adding a suitably playful twist. Arcade Game Typography recreates that visual aesthetic, fizzing with life and color.

    Featuring pixel typefaces carefully selected from the first decades of arcade video games, Arcade Game Typography presents a completist survey of a previously undocumented outsider typography movement, accompanied by insightful commentary from author Toshi Omagari, a Monotype typeface designer himself. Gathering an eclectic range of typography, from hit games such as Super Sprint, Marble Madness, and Space Harrier to countless lesser-known gems, Arcade Game Typography is a vivid nostalgia trip for gamers, designers, and illustrators alike.

    300 color illustrations

    Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking (Logo, Typography, Website, Poster, Web, and Creative Design)

    By Sophie Cure

    Laurence King Publishing
    Released: 2019-06-25
    Paperback (80 pages)

    Graphic Design Play Book: An Exploration of Visual Thinking (Logo, Typography, Website, Poster, Web, and Creative Design)
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    'Truly something that's just a beautiful, slick, and very enjoyable little publication' – CreativeBoom

    "Graphic Design Play Book features a variety of puzzles and challenges, providing a fun and interactive way for young visual thinkers to engage with the world of graphic design" – Eye


    Understand how graphic design works and develop your visual sensibility through puzzles and activities!

    An entertaining and highly original introduction to graphic design, the Graphic Design Play Book uses puzzles and visual challenges to demonstrate how typography, signage, logo design, posters and branding work.

    Through a series of games and activities, including spot the difference, matching games, drawing and dot–to–dot, readers are introduced to graphic art concepts and techniques in an engaging and interactive way. Further explanation and information is provided by solution pages and a glossary, and a loose–leaf section contains stickers, die–cut templates, and coloured paper to help readers complete the activities.

    Illustrated with typefaces, poster design and pictograms by distinguished designers including Otl Aicher, Pierre Di Sciullo, Otto Neurath and Gerd Arntz, the book will be enjoyed both by graphic designers, and anyone interested in finding out more about visual communication.

    An excerpt from the book:
    How many ways are there of saying 'hello'? Probably a zillion. And there are surely just as many ways of writing it. In CAPITALS, and with an exclamation mark ! Or with a question mark ? Or maybe both ?! As a tiny black word in the middle of a white page; or with large, multi–coloured, dancing letters ; maybe with a simple shape or an image.

    Being interested in graphic design means looking at and understanding the world around us. And being aware of the multitude of signs that shape our daily life day after day and freight it with meaning – whether it's a stop sign, a cornflakes packet, a psychedelic album cover, a seductive headline on the cover of a magazine, the more subtle typography of a page in a novel, a flashing pharmacy sign or the credits of a sci–fi film.

    Thinking about this plethora of signs was what led us to conceive this introduction to graphic design as a collection of beacons and benchmarks – as a toolbox for exploring and learning in a simple and intuitive way through play, alone or with others, whether you're a child or an adult. These are experiments, a series of suggestions, with no right or wrong answers.

    The four sections of this book – typography, posters, signs, identity – are all invitations to dive in, explore and let your eyes and your hands take you on a voyage of discovery! – Sophie Cure and Aurélien Farina

    Typography for Lawyers 2nd

    By Matthew Butterick

    Thomson Reuters
    Paperback (240 pages)

    Typography for Lawyers 2nd
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    Originally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily. Revised and updated, Typography for Lawyers, 2nd builds on the topics and tutorials included in the first edition with 20 pages of new material, covering topics such as email, footnotes, alternate figures, and OpenType features, providing advice for presentations, contracts, grids of numbers, and court opinions, and including essays on the font copyrights, screen-reading considerations, and typographic disputes that have reached the courts.

    The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces

    By Stephen Coles

    Harper Design
    Released: 2012-11-13
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    The Anatomy of Type: A Graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces
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    • Harper Design
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    A visual treat for anyone who loves fonts and typographic design.

    The Anatomy of Type explores one hundred traditional and modern typefaces in loving detail, with a full spread devoted to each entry. The full character set from each typeface is shown, and the best letters for identification are enlarged and annotated, revealing key features, anatomical details, and the finer, often-overlooked elements of type design. Containing in-depth information on everything from the designer and foundry, the year of release, and the different weights and styles available, The Anatomy of Type is more than a reference guide to the intricacies of typeface design. It is a visual send-up of some of the world's most beloved typefaces, beautifully displayed in vibrant color.

    Typography Sketchbooks

    Princeton Architectural Press
    Paperback (368 pages)

    Typography Sketchbooks
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    • Princeton Architectural Press
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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, legibility and expression are paramount.
    * Where do the best contemporary fonts come from, and who designed them? Fortunately for us, typography for most designers is an obsession, one of the purest forms of design, one that can always be improved and refined.
    * Selected by the world's most knowledgable and well-connected graphic-design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks.
    * This collection of typographic explorations, arranged by designer intimately reveals how over 90 of world's leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words. Established designer and up-and-coming talents include Ivan Chermayeff, Carlos Segura, Milton Glaser, Maira Kalman, Bob Aulfudish, Matthew Carter (US), Javier Mariscal and Patrick Thomas (Spain), Erik Spiekermann, Viktor Nübel (Germany), Peter Bilak and Enkeling (the Netherlands), Jean Baptiste Levée (France).
    * The result of these wide-ranging typographic musings provide fascinating insights into the expressive quality of letters and words. Aimed at all those who use type, whether by hand or on screen, this pleasing compendium stresses the importance of good typography at a time when reading habits are changing and celebrates a craft that has endured for centuries.

    Explorations in Typography

    By Carolina de Bartolo & Erik Spiekermann

    101 Editions, LLC
    Paperback (216 pages)

    Explorations in Typography
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    This popular type text book is now available in paperback! This new softcover edition of Explorations in Typography has all the same great typesetting examples and cool typefaces, as well as our handy visual index of page layouts and grids. You'll see the same excerpt from Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann and typeface descriptions by Stephen Coles along with our handy index of alternate typefaces that are low-cost or free for educational use.

    Explorations in Typography was awarded a Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the TDC (Type Directors Club) in 2017. The second edition was revised and expanded to include more typesetting examples and more typefaces as well as the contributions of Stephen Coles, editor of the well-known websites Typographica (typographic.org) and Fonts in Use (fontsinuse.com).


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