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Designing Type Paperback – Illustrated, April 3, 2006
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"Cheng’s Designing Type is a comprehensive, systematic guide to the complexities of letters and how they fit together. . . . It’s visually ordered and orderly, which helps to organize the complex information and make it accessible. . . . For a practical approach to designing letters today, Designing Type may be the most useful single tool available. It looks like a book that will have a long life."―John D. Berry, Arcade Magazine
"This book provides a meticulous guide to the technical aspects of creating fitting fonts."―Dwell
"With careful examination, the casual reader will not look at print the same way again. To graphic-designers, who specialize in typography, this book is an invaluable reference guide."―Doug Ing, International Examiner
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- Item Weight : 2.65 pounds
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0300111509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300111507
- Product Dimensions : 11.02 x 8.6 x 0.78 inches
- Publisher : Yale University Press; Illustrated Edition (April 3, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #385,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book goes analyzes common Latin glyphs (you won't find Vietnamese in here) from classic typefaces and points out details in their construction. There is a serif section and a sans serif section. The book does not say much about Italic type, just Roman.
Really beautiful to look at, and very informative to read.
I own many books on typography, and they have all been collecting dust since I got my hands on Karen Cheng's Designing Type. If you are designing your first typeface, get it now. I cant tell you how many times I find a difficult letter and turn to Designing Type. Any typeface designer has dissected fonts revealing the system and subtle variations with awe, Designing Type is a fantastic collection of comparisons, deconstructions, and letterform evolutions. Designing letterforms is extremely difficult and tedious and I can admit I never would have finished my first typeface or designed a second without Designing Type at my side. What I love about this book is how well it teaches you letter-by-letter, this format not only works for instruction but reference.
The book provides the essentials and foundation of type design, which, don't get me wrong, is a lot. Designing Type does not really cover the creative side of type design, rather it puts classics under a microscope shedding light on systems; but, as they say in typeface design, creativity is in the system. Get it!
This is THE book (perhaps the only book) that teaches you about the issues on a letter-by-letter basis. If you're going to design type you absolutely must get this book. If you don't then you should be locked up for your insanity.