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Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students 2 Rev Exp Edition
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When first published in 2004 I don’t doubt that it may have been a “thinking person’s” choice when evaluating the realm of type, but today it has been eclipsed by some broader and better organized competitors—and for that matter, some older classic texts—whose helpfulness offers superior relevancy.
Broken into four sections: Letter, Text, Grid, and Appendix the book starts promisingly. “Letter” provides a short history of type peppering throughout a number of useful hints both grammatical and mechanical: the latter with software such as InDesign in mind. This section lends itself to note taking and introduces the concept of the “Type Crime” where typographical faux pas are revealed.
It’s with the following section “Text”, that things begin to fall off the practicality rails not to righten till near end, on page 199 (of 224), with the introduction of the baseline grid.
Starting with the “Text” section, the author drifts away in a transcendental theoretical exploration of contextual incoherence. Its aim seems to be the assertion that since 2004, the author has become aware of the Internet and web-based styling—and that it’s “really important”. So much so, the author quotes typographical-philosophical thinkers who proclaim the advent of the “user” rather than the “reader”, and that it’s the designer’s role to assist the user getting away from reading through application of the typographical art…just help users navigate to the little information they seek.
It’s just that the book isn’t structured in this way.Read more ›
They simply scanned the book, not converting them to ebook format for reading on Kindle or mobile revide.
Worse, I can not download it for reading on my Kindle PC (not compatible).
I gave up reading and will order a paperback version.
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I discovered Ellen Lupton through skillshare. This book is a wealth of information for those who want to know more about the art of type, but more importantly why some fonts work... Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Hughes
I was in a hurry to read a book that connected design work with typography that I overlooked many previous reviews posted for this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Deogratias Rweyemamu
The kindle version is extremely difficult to read. not recommend.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ellen Lupton is a typography pioneer. This is a somewhat petite book, which is nice. It's loaded with information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Msplumuniq
There are many Golden gems about Typography and a great lot of visual examples of Bad Typography
But i advise that total beginner should read "Designing with the... Read more