books

BACKGROUND: I've been typesetting books for several years, but only moved into professional typesetting software (InDesign) within the past two or three years. I also have a background of 10 years in web design, so have a history with typography online. Over the past few years, I've been trying to grow my knowledge. My aim is not primarily learning how to create good typefaces, but rather to understand typography for the purpose of excellent typesetting (mostly for books, but also to advance typography in my web design business).

To that end, I'm on my second time through Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style, and I've also read Nigel French's InDesign Type.

REQUEST: Give the above, what I'm looking for are recommendations regarding what would be most helpful for me to read next.

Hello there guys, i'm really wanting to purchase Doyald Young's books, but they aren't the easiest to find, especially in Europe. I found this website, and they have the boxed set for sale: http://www.doyaldyoung.com/DYC01.html

However, there is zero contact information on the site, and i'm a little wary spending $300 when I don't even know if i'll get the item, I don't see the boxed set for sale anywhere else like Amazon. For this type of purchase I would want to track it and insure it, but there are no options for that.

Does anyone know if the site is legit? Or if there is anywhere else I can buy the boxed set?

Thanks!

-Josh

Hello,

I am currently a graphic design student and I am looking to bring my typography skills/knowledge up to a higher level. I'd love any recommendations of must have books about type. Which typefaces/fonts are the best/most widely accepted and why, etc. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Hey there!

I'm a new and learning designer just taking my first typography class. It is something I am really enjoying.
As part of my class, I was assigned a typeface to study and do research on and present as my final project. The face I was given is "Filosophia." It is a beautiful one and I know it was developed by Zuzana Licko of Emigre Fonts in the 1990's. I also know that it was inspired by the classic "Bodoni." Outside of that, I have found very little information on Filosphia itself.

Does anyone know of any books that include information about it or its history? Are there any groups, or communities dedicated to Filosophia? How about any valid websites?

Thanks for the help!

Hello everyone,

I'd love to delve into murky waters of calligraphy but I'm struggling to find a good book on the practical side of it. I'm reading The Stroke: Theory of writing but it is what it says on the cover - theory. I was wondering if there's some sort of a calligraphy bible that is field tested and approved by the community.

Any guidance would greatly appreciated.

Shalom,

I'm looking for some literature on the subject. The development of the alphabet, different typographic (and calligraphic) styles and the likes.

Any "must have" books? Books you'd recommend in general?

thanks.

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Old Font Books

I recently read the article on ILT.com about conceptual type(http://ilovetypography.com/2012/09/25/beauty-and-ugliness-in-type-font-d...) and in that article, the author talks about books written by Bodoni and others. Since these books have been written some centuries ago, it is safe to assume that they are out of copyright. I was wondering if i can access these books anywhere online. Not only books by Bodoni but by other typographers also. Can any one point me to these books.
Thanks
Typogruffer

Hi,

I am new to design and was wondering how to decide what size the body text should be when creating a book. Are there any methods or rules to work it out? Or is it just a matter of preference depending on the font?

Thanks!

Hello Typophiles!
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We are proud to announce our new release!
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"SEDAN" by Sebastián Salazar: a roman text font focused on the proportions and morphology of early Baroque type faces. The constructional principle of Sedán is still Renaissance, but its expression and details are drawn from the typography of the 17th and 18th centuries.

In larger sizes, is elegant and eye-catching; in the smaller sizes, however, Sedán seems to be very legible despite its spicy characters.

Hello people of type. I am doing research on experimental typography for a class and haven't had luck finding good textbooks or papers if any on this topic. Has any of you come across on this topic in books or essays? Could you share your sources? I'm particularly looking for material on experimental typography in book design. An example of this is VAS: An Opera in Flatland. Thank you for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My first reaction to seeing a book called Letter Fontein in the bookshop of the Graphic Design Museum in Breda on a study trip in February was to wonder when it might become available in English. It’s a reflection of the world we now live in that the book in question, printed in China by a German publisher, but authored and designed by a Dutchman, is available in my own language (and Spanish, French and German), a mere ten or twelve weeks later...

Taschen offer a flick-through preview on their website at

http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/design/all/06770/facts.letter_...

You can see bigger previews and find out more about the Dutch edition at

http://www.letterfontein.nl/

Books containing advertisements and packaging from time periods from the late 1800's to the 1940's. Looking for book recommendations for my reference library.
Any books that you love.
Thank you.

Dear Typophiles,

I am a freelance design and lifestyle writer (charlotterivers.blogspot.com)... I am currently a new book about calligraphy and am looking for submissions from around the world.... Please get in touch if you work in this area and would like to submit your work, or please forward this post on to any friends / colleagues / contacts who you think might...

For more information or to submit work please contact me direct on charlotte.rivers@mac.com

Many thanks!

Some scans from a book I picked up recently (for 25¢). Printed in 1904.

Interesting just to see how the type is set; complex fractions (all are all nut—no virgules to be found), the @ symbol for per-item cost, page structure, impressive engravings for illustrations, and the thoughtful mix of typefaces. Quite a complex project for metal type. All for the kids.

Yes, it has all the answers in the back.

Mcs

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Books sites

I will need to do a website for a book (downloadable chapters, extras, etc.).
Anyone happens to know any good example of such a thing, from where I could draw some inspiration?
Thanks in advance.

Hi there typohiles,

Long-time lurker, first post.

I'm looking into my report for my final year
at university, the topic I’m most interested to write
about is word recognition & typography. I think
there could a really angle with the new turns in type
with alot more of the "experimental" typefaces
being ultra-bold, nearly illegible & in alot of cases
lacking a proper family with no lowercase also
compared to say Gill, Helvetica, Futura etc.

In my first year I read a interesting article
on "The science of word recognition" in Eye 52, I’ve
gone back to that article and found Kevin
Larson's paper to be of real interest, the only thing
I’m struggling with now is finding the right
literature to reference from.

Any help on this would be great, I’m still on

I have stumbled upon this website of rare calligraphy books all available for view online and .pdf download. There is some pretty amazing books on there.

check it out.

http://www.iampeth.com/books.php

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FontBook 4th Ed.

Hey all,

The highly acclaimed FontBook 4th Edition was published in 2006, so I'm just curious how relevant it is since 4 years have passed.

I realize that it is listed as one of the essential books, but I just want to make sure that it's worth my USD$99 before I pick a copy up. How often do you consult this dense resource? Do you feel it is outdated to the point where you search through fontbook.com from the get-go, bypassing the book altogether?

I will appreciate any and all thoughts.

Tom

Good day people.

A friend of mine wants to buy me a book on type in some regard as a present for a little logo I did her.

I just wondered if people had anything they would recommend? Nothing too expensive. Something with a bit of theory and a bit of experience would be perfect, I'm not so much looking for an instructional guide as musings/discussions on type design.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)

G

ps. I already have the triumvirate, ta.

hi Typohiles.

I am a self-taught Designer. And my major work area is Illustration & Web. And i do have an interest in Typography.
I would appreciate if i can get some Book recommendations from you experts. I have been reading & following various type blogs around the webosphere, so if you are aware of books which are lot more detailed & still worth buying, please let me know !

Thanks ! :)

I'm looking for recommendations on a good book on the business side of Graphic Design. I would like a title that is well-respected within the industry and something I will reference repeatedly. Any suggestions would be great.

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Graphic Design Business Books

Looking for a good industry go to book for running a design business. Suggestions?

Letters of Credit

Indices : Publications : Letters of Credit
By Walter Tracy.
First published in 1986.
Buy it

By no means complete, it is still one of the best books that analyzes typefaces and type design.

The first half of the book deals with type measurement, legibility & readibility, type making from metal to film to 1980's technology, many aspects of proportion and letterforms.

The second half looks at Designers of Type: Jan van Krimpen, Frederic W. Goudy, Rudolf Koch, W.A. Dwiggins and Stanley Morison.

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