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Type on Screen: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students (Design Briefs) Paperback – Illustrated, May 15, 2014
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- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161689170X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616891701
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Publisher : Princeton Architectural Press; Illustrated Edition (May 15, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #496,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Instead, this book felt very ADD -- never lingering on one idea for more than a couple of pages and lacking good flow from one idea to the next. And unfortunately, the main body copy is in a bold or semi-bold typeface, which makes reading more difficult to begin with.
For example, the two pages on type anatomy and taxonomy (ascenders, descenders, etc.) don't hold anything new for designers. Plus, they come after "Web fonts: A short history" and "Rendering type on screen." Shouldn't a basic understanding of the parts of type come before talking about entire typefaces? And is it necessary to know the history of web fonts in order to work with type on screen right now? Another example: dropped right in between two sections on logotypes are two pages on working with color, and an attempt to summarize in one paragraph what makes a good logo.
One huge omission: information on accessibility.
The problem is that Lupton's audience is too broad: Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students. That's quite a range of knowledge and experience to address. The book is full of pieces which speak to only part of this audience at any one time, such as storyboarding, indicating type hierarchy in CSS and HTML, drop shadows and gradients, icons and logotypes, and animating text. Not one of these sections is in-depth because each is limited to two pages (on average).
I can see "Type on Screen" being a companion book to a class for student web designers. It's a quick and dirty overview of what can happen to type on a screen. But it's not for anyone wanting to learn how to make it happen, or why they should choose one treatment over another.
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Ellen Lupton is rightly respected for her intimate knowledge of typography and its applications.