Elements of Typographic Style

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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...
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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881792065
  • Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 337,187
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Historical Synopsis 12
1 Grand Design 17
2 Rhythm & Proportion 25
3 Harmony & Counterpoint 45
4 Structural Forms & Devices 61
5 Analphabetic Symbols 75
6 Choosing & Combining Type 93
7 Historical Interlude 119
8 Shaping the Page 143
9 The State of the Art 179
10 Prowling the Specimen Books 199
App. A Sorts & Characters 271
App. B: Glossary of Terms 287
App. C Type Designers 299
App. D Typefoundries 309
App. E: Recapitulation 319
App. F: Further Reading 327
Afterword to the Second Edition 333
Index 335
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