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Kenia G's picture
Joined: 6 Aug 2007 - 9:58am
Rookie at Typography

Hi guys,
I came across this site after long hours searching online for typography help.

I have many questions, to begin with here's a little something about myself.
I'm a young web designer. I've been on the field for about six months so I'm still learning everything that heads towards me.
About two weeks ago I got my evaluation at work. I got some really good feedback on the type of work I do.
My boss mention I should improve myself in typography. At first I was really shock to hear I needed improvement on the area where I thought I had it under control or at least thought I knew enough.

I guess I'm completely clueless about typography.
Right now I have no idea how to start, what book to read or what classes should I take..etc.

My question is:
Where is the starting line to typography?

More like baby steps for me right now. I really love my job. The only concerned is my lack of typography and I don't want this to effect my job.

Thank you in advance.


Eric Hague's picture
Joined: 16 Feb 2007 - 10:31am

Check out this page under Typophile's Resources section:

There's actually a book called Type & Typography by Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam that works as a pretty good introduction, but I'm not sure if it's been reviewed on Typophile yet. Otherwise Bringhurst's Elements is a decent way in.

shane long's picture
Joined: 10 Nov 2006 - 5:24pm

In design school they started us off with...

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

And it scared the crap out of all of us, definetly not what I would call a begginer book, definetly an intermediate (once you get the basics down) book though, and re-reading it since college has really been great.

I would actually suggest...

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton

Its a fantastic begginer book, and I think the more contemporary refrences and samples she shows will help you relate alot better than bringhurst's more "classic/elite/typesetting" approach.

Don McCahill's picture
Joined: 30 Mar 2006 - 7:55pm

I'll second Bringhurst for a start, and Felici's The Complete Manual of Typography is another good one.