- Paperback: 408 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: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,567 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.
A brief summary of the book:
-Part one, Typographic Basics: History of type; units of measurement; about fonts & typefaces; using typefaces; typesetting versus typewriting; setting type on a personal computer; the differences between good and bad type
-Part two, How to Set Type: Measure, point size, leading; hyphenation and justification; kerning and tracking; indentation and alignment; special characters; document structures; tables; language-specific issues; style sheets; output resolution issues
-Part three, References: includes a very thorough glossary and index
As a whole, the book is intended primarily for people wishing to learn about typeography, and more specifically, the typography of printed text (books, newspapers, and magazines, as opposed to broadcast or advertising). This book is not meant to be a guide to print in advertising, although reading it will help you set better type in your ads if that is your job. Nor is this book a compendium of typefaces; the examples show typefaces primarily used by book publishers, such as Sabon, Garamond, or Caslon. This book is not a guide on which typeface to use for every situation; the author writes most of the book with the assumption that the typesetter will have the font and style dictated by the publisher. From the introduction: "This is not a style guide, but an execution guide."
What this book intends to teach is proper typesetting: The spacing of letters within words; the spacing of words and punctuation within sentences; the spacing and arrangement among lines of text and paragraphs; functional and attractive justification; and page color.
This book would be helpful to anyone involved in printing text, whether large scale or small.
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It is informative, and remains useful even now, long after I was required to have it for a class.