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Having reached a good basic grasp of InDesign (or so I think), it's time for me to take my typographic skills to the next level: I want to learn better the finer details of kerning, tracking, and h&j--to know when to rely on a font's metrics and how best to tweak them throughout a text when not.
I know the best way to learn is still by doing, and I plan to do as much as I can. But with a PhD in another field and a full-time day job, and freelance design on the side, it's got to be self-education for me. Courses and apprenticing are out of the question, and anything I can do to speed the process along within reason would be good.
Here are some of the resources I've already amassed, thanks to past discussions on Typophile.
Bringhurst's Elements (and Richard Rutter's online interpretation for the web)
Dowding, Finer points in the spacing and arrangement of type
Felici, Complete manual of typography
Haslam's Book design
Hendel's On book design
Hochuli's Designing books and Detail in typography
Mitchell & Wightman's Book typography
Ari Rafaeli's Book typography
Williamson's Methods of book design
I know these are good for discussions of general approaches to setting type in print. But I really need to know more about the mechanics of adjusting type in InDesign--specifically, using GREP and scripts. I've run across resources like Peter Kahrel's kerning script for InDesign, and his O'Reilly book on GREP, but I don't think I'm even at the level where I could use them properly, or accurately evaluate the relative advantages and drawbacks of GREP and scripts (or recognize when it would be better just to edit the kerning tables in a font directly, something I feel is well beyond my abilities right now). Any suggestions?