- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Adobe Press; 2 edition (July 24, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321773268
- ISBN-13: 978-0321773265
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Typographers are a sensitive group: they are acutely aware of the tension between readability and decoration. His illustrations are precise and clear while each page is lovingly laid out in white space, image and type.
If you like this book, consider Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern." Fonts mean so much more than beauty: they embody fluid creativity. My personal favorites for elegance in decoration are Hofstadter's 'Magnificat' and Adobe's Master font 'Bickham Script.' I also have some personal favorites in the "grunge font" realm. For readability I go with unserifed fonts such as 'Arial.'
However, as the Spanish say, "It takes taste to know taste!" After all, fonts are patterns in the formal sense of motif and design. If the mathematics of this aspect of typography are of interest, I suggest Grunbaum and Shephard's abundantly illustrated "Tilings and Patterns" now available in an affordable edition. Get the 1987 version and wallpaper your brain.
Thanks, James for all the details in one outstanding source.
The rise of desk-top publishing, self-publishing and Print-On-Demand has made it possible for anyone with a credit card and blood pressure above zero to act like a publisher.
There are no licensing requirements, and unlike years ago when future printers worked as apprentices to expert printers, anyone can now put words on paper. A lot of those words are just dumped, with little or no preparation, thought, knowledge, or artistic ability.
(The worst-looking book I've seen lately is Best in Publishing & Print on Demand by David Rising. Rising tries to advise authors on self-publishing, but his own book is a great example of what not to do.) Best in Self-Publishing & Print on Demand: Plus Marketing Your Book on The Internet (na)
Fortunately, there's a WONDERFUL book that will tell you what to do.
The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici is both a beautiful book to look at, and a complete yet easy-to understand reference work that will be invaluable to any self-publisher.
It will help professionals using sophisticated publishing software, and will even help amateurs like me who are trying to make the most out of Microsoft Word.
It will help you avoid stupid mistakes, and enable you to make your books both prettier and more professional. It includes the typographical history, secrets and tricks that used to be passed from father to son (but seldom to daughters).
I had a course in printing back in eighth grade, and a course called Advertising Art Production while in college. I've also worked in advertising agencies, I've designed award-winning websites, and have written several books. But Felici taught me a lot. He taught me so much, in fact, that I revised two of my books. I Only Flunk My Brightest Students
Price is $50 (before discounts) but it's worth every penny if it helps you avoid looking like an idiot. If you buy it from Amazon.com, the price is much less.
Michael N. Marcus, author of "I Only Flunk My Brightest Students: stories from school and real life" http://www.amazon.com/dp/098166170X
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It is informative, and remains useful even now, long after I was required to have it for a class.