Newbie Type Enthusiast

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Matthew Hyson's picture
Joined: 24 Apr 2013 - 1:09pm
Newbie Type Enthusiast

Hi all. This will be my first post on Typophile. I am very much interested in learning more about type design and it is my ultimate goal to design a few of my own. I already have some ideas floating around my sketchbook. Can anybody offer me some advice on how/where to begin. Also, what are some good resources (books, websites, etc.)? I am studying GD in school at the moment but none of my professors have ever designed their own typeface. Thanks!

Neil Caldwell's picture
Joined: 8 Jan 2010 - 12:11am


Joshua Langman's picture
Joined: 14 Nov 2010 - 12:22am

Welcome to Typophile!

You're in the right place if you want to learn. I'm sure others will be able to suggest some specific resources for you.

Sevag B. Martouni's picture
Joined: 10 Oct 2010 - 2:38am

Hi Matthew and welcome to Typophile. Don't be surprised, most of the brilliant design educators who had the greatest impact on me were not the greatest designers as I imagined them to be.

Regarding online resources; I Love Typography is a great starting point. Few other websites which I have in my mind at the moment are:,,,,,,,, and

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst appears to be a popular read amongst designers and typographers, some other books which I enjoyed reading were: Counterpunch: Making Type in the 16th Century, Designing Typefaces Now by Fred Smeijers, http://Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander S. Lawson, http://Alphabet: “The History, Evolution, and Design of the Letters We Use Today” by Allan Haley. All of the books by Doyald Young are a must in my opinion, if you can afford them.

Additionally, see also journals and magazines like: Codex, Eye, Baseline and Creative Review.

Hrant H Papazian's picture
Joined: 3 May 2000 - 11:00am

Welcome, Matthew.
One great way to learn is to show your work on Typophile. Not all cases lead to fruitful feedback, but sometimes one's cup runneth over!

Great compilation, Sevag! I would add these three books: "Letters of Credit" by Tracy, "Designing Type" by Cheng, and "Letter Fountain" by Pohlen.

most of the brilliant design educators who had the greatest impact on me were not the greatest designers

Indeed. Because actually designing things versus being able to communicate about designing things are two different talents/skills. Sort of like chefs versus food critics. The important thing is for each side to appreciate the indispensability of the other.