Elements of Typographic Style

Elements of Typographic Style

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by Robert Bringhurst
     
 

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A lucid & erudite introduction to the typography of books by one of Canadas most highly regarded typographers & book designers. It lays down solid rules for the beginner & offers valuable insights to the expert. Chapters include: historical synopsis; the grand design; rhythm & proportion; harmony & counterpoint; structural forms & devices; analphabetic symbols;

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A lucid & erudite introduction to the typography of books by one of Canadas most highly regarded typographers & book designers. It lays down solid rules for the beginner & offers valuable insights to the expert. Chapters include: historical synopsis; the grand design; rhythm & proportion; harmony & counterpoint; structural forms & devices; analphabetic symbols; choosing & combining type; historical interlude; shaping the page; finishing touches; prowling the specimen books; & sorts & characters. Glossary of terms. Further reading. Illustrated. A must for everybody in the graphic arts.

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Library Journal
In a discussion embracing five and a half centuries, poet and designer Bringhurst covers the design of individual characters of type and entire alphabets, as well as the layout of pages, including such items as footnotes, margins, and tables. A glossary defines terms such as kern, fore-edge, and pica, and there are annotated lists of type designers, from the 1400s until now, and of type foundries, mostly contemporary. An appendix illustrates unusual typographic characters, such as the Croatian "dyet" and the German "sharp s," and a final appendix lists, without annotation, more than 100 books and periodicals for further reading. The author's prose is sometimes flowery, and some of his strongly expressed opinions are questionable. Nonetheless, there's a wealth of sound advice and instruction here. Not required for most collections, this will be useful to graphic designers and those interested in the history of printed letterforms.Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Booknews
A readable manual and reference on modern typography, exploring the art and history of the field as well as technical details. Includes b&w illustrations, a glossary, and reference appendices. This second edition includes a new chapter on digital typography, expanded information on typefaces and designers, and a deeper look into the history of letterforms. For anyone who works with type, including writers, editors, graphic artists, and desktop typographers Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881791334
Publisher:
Hartley & Marks, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.59(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.06(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In this day of nanosecond information delivery, it¿s a good thing to contemplate the letterforms we use every day. Mr. Bringhurst¿s book is a good read and an excellent reference book for anyone working in the typographic arts. The layout of the book is the author¿s expertise in physical form. Comprehensive. A visual and tactile treat!
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