Learn about font?

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Learn about font?
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Do not have a clue about fonts, but willing to learn.

Any Book Suggestion or things I should know about.

I realize there is no clear answer, but would appreciate any answer. That would be great thanks.

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Here's a great resource of book options: http://jasonsantamaria.com/reading/

I myself have a number of the books on that list and they're quite good.

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Good list from aaronbell. One of my suggestions is from that list "Type: The Secret History of Letters" and the bibel of typography "The Elements of Typographic Style" but that's a bit heavy to begin with. But at first focus on the historical part of type, and buy a "good" book on caligraphy or stonecut letters "origin of the serif" from Edward Catich maybe. Studying the history of type lays a solid foundation because thats where it started, with glyphs and typefaces.

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Your question is pretty vast, Alex. Are you trying to learn about fonts because you plan to be a graphic designer, or because you want to design typefaces, or because ... [insert alternate option here]? Depending on your answer to that question, you might get different recommendations.

Anyway, if you are just starting out as a user of fonts or typefaces, you might want to begin with the latest edition of Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography, by James Craig, or Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works, by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger.