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Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students Paperback – Illustrated, October 6, 2010
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"should be in the collection of every designer, writer, editor, publisher and typographer."
—The Designer's Review of Books
"Thinking with Type is to typography what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time is to physics."
—I Love Typography
"a rewarding and recommendable guide, all the more so because of Lupton’s gifts as an educator and critic."
"If you get a kick out of using different fonts on the computer or have and appreciation for lettering, this book belongs on your bookshelf."
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|Other classics from graphic design guru Ellen Lupton||Explains the key concepts of visual language that inform any work of design, from logo or letterhead to a complex website.||Hands-on, up-close approach to instructional design brainstorming techniques.||The definitive guide to using classic typographic concepts of form and structure to make dynamic compositions for screen-based applications.||Explores how space, materials, sound, and light affect the mind and body. Co-edited with Andrea Lipps.|
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1568989695
- ISBN-13 : 978-1568989693
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Princeton Architectural Press; 2nd Revised, Expanded ed. edition (October 6, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In fifteenth-century Italy, humanist writers and scholars rejected gothic scripts in favor of the lettera antica, a classical mode of handwriting with wider, more open forms. The preference for lettera antica was part of the Renaissance (rebirth) of classical art and literature."
Why did they reject gothic scripts? Were they too harsh looking? Was there too much embellishment? Were they harder to read easily? Did using wider and more open forms have a clear benefit? Was gothic just a fad and the fad was over? Did readers like letter antica more because it was easier to read? Or was it easier to draw, allowing more books to be made? How was it part of the renaissance, was it coincidental that it happened during the renaissance, or was it caused *by* the renaissance, or did it help *create* the writing renaissance?
The entire book is like this. Including the parts where they talk about how typography is used. They say stuff, and you're left wondering how any of it works or why it's significant. The author will tell you that some people use a certain grid system and show you a picture of said grid system. But they won't say why those people do it, or what the benefits and disadvantages are of that system compared to others. It's just like "Hey, this grid system exists, see look." This means there is very little practical information in the book.
Overall the book feels like the author wrote a bunch of post-it notes to remind themselves of things they already know. But they don't let the reader in on the background knowledge that makes those post-it notes relevant. So yeah, sorry for the negative review but I was pretty dissatisfied.
This is a nice book to buy when you are excited about being a graphic designer. Given that one day you will actually want to do something with those aspirations, you will find this book severely lacking.
Top reviews from other countries
Do your self a favour and spend the extra £2 and get it in print.
I have just bought the printed edition as the kindle edition is useless.
Last 20% gets a bit rambly, but it's still something you should read.