typography guide

“Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”

Fix You // Coldplay

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“Dear Isak. I’m sitting, now, where we met one another for the first time, and I’m thinking about you. Soon, it’ll be 21:21. I want to say a thousand things to you. I’m sorry for scaring you. I’m sorry for hurting you. I’m sorry for not telling you that I’m bipolar. I was afraid of losing you; had forgotten, that it’s impossible to lose anybody. That all people are alone, anyway. In another place in the universe, we’re together, forever. Remember that. Love you. Even.”

- Skam.

The Art of Hand Lettering: It’s Mastery and Practice by Helm Wotzkow is a typography guide full of helpful and evocative examples for ways to use elements such as weight, spacing, and font to best express yourself. Wotzkow demonstrates that how you write something is just as important as what you write. He also makes sure to explain why certain choices evoke specific responses in the reader, leaving you with the ability to make informed typographical choices of your own in the future.

-Rin Pigliacelli, graduate student employee

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Last Minute Gift for the Typophile Geek: 9 Typography books.

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):

  1. The Geometry of Type by Stephen Coles.
  2. Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton.
  3. New Ornamental Type: Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age.
  4. Little Book Of Lettering by Emily Gregory.
  5. Helvetica and the New York City Subways System: The True (Maybe) Story.
  6. Type Matters! by Jim Williams.
  7. Hand to Type: Scripts, Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy by R. Klanten.
  8. Calligraffiti: The Graphic Art of Neils Shoe Meulman
  9. Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age

In case you want a light review of this books you can visit typographybooks.tumblr.com and see more details.

Have a Merry Christmas guys!