This humble blog began some months ago, until this date we have posted 9 wonderful books about lettering, typography and calligraphy. In case you forget the gift for your graphic designer geeky friend here is a recap of all the books featured here, a perfect gift for the typophile or the amateur designer avid of know more about this beautiful discipline (click on the name of every one to see more details):
If you type a book’s name on an iphone/ipad etc. and pdf at the end on google, it will say “open in iBooks” at the top and if you click on that, the book will be added to your iBooks library to read at any time!! You can use this method to get any book for FREE. Reblog to save a life.
Once upon a time, only typesetters needed to know about kerning, leading, ligatures, and hanging punctuation. Today, however, most of us work on computers, with access to hundreds of fonts, and we’d all like our letters, reports and other documents to look as good - and as readable - as possible. But what does all the confusing terminology about ink traps, letter spacing, and visual centring mean, and what are the rules for good typography? Type Matters! is a book of tips for everyday use, for all users of typography, from students and professionals to anyone who does any layout design on a computer. The book is arranged into three chapters: an introduction to the basics of typography; headline and display type; and setting text. Within each chapter there are sections devoted to particular principles or problems, such as selecting the right typeface, leading, and the treatment of numbers. Examples throughout show precisely what makes good typography and, crucially, what doesn’t. Authoritatively written and designed by a practitioner and teacher of typography, Type Matters! has a beautifully clear layout that reinforces the principles discussed throughout.
Type Matters is unpretentious, unassuming, and reductive. Explanations rely heavily on elegant typographic diagrams that dominate most pages. Quotes from older typesetting manuals provide the text for the diagrams, set in a variety of classic types. Combined with the black and red printing and cream paper the book takes on the feel of a vintage type specimen. Readers are expected to study the diagrams, and some concepts, like x-height, are only introduced via a diagram. Once the book has been read it will make a great reference tool for students and designers alike, especially those less inclined to read lengthier, more comprehensive texts.
What kind of typeface should I use? How big do I set it? How should those letters, words and paragraphs be aligned, spaced, ordered and shaped? Thinking With Type answers these questions and more, providing clear guidelines for Designers, Writers, Editors and Students on how best to arrange their written content.
Type is the foundation of print and web design. Everything you need to know about thinking with type, you will find here. This richly detailed update to the classic text belongs on the shelf of every designer, writer, editor, publisher, and client.” -Jefferey Zeldman-
Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering. Throughout the book, visual examples show how to be inventive within systems of typographic form–what the rules are and how to break them. Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words.
An official web site is set up as a classroom companion to Thinking With Type. Lupton has provided a syllabus, sample chapters, exercises and handouts for download in high-res PDF format. If you’re still not convinced about the quality of this title yet, I would suggest you head over to the site to download the sample pages and judge for yourself.
Compared to the more common encyclopaedic approach to design theory books, Thinking With Type is easy to understand, engaging and fun to read. The tone of this book is what really makes it special and is why I can’t recommend it enough.
Since this was highly requested by my tumblr/twitter followers, I’m making a list of books that have personally inspired me in one way or the other. You can leave me book suggestions here!! (mostly non-fiction, psychological, self-improvement and history related books) I’ll most likely keep adding to this list, enjoy!!
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Another Country by James Baldwin
Beloved by Toni Morrison
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
Cane by Jean Toomer
Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss
Needful Things by Stephen King
Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra
Soul to Soul by Gary Zukav
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Anatomy of Being by Shinji Moon
The Book of the Secrets by Osho
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
The Egg by Andy Weir
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Manuel
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston