Eloquent and beautfully designed reference a must for the serious type student and designer
Regardless of whatever other books on type, type history, and development there are, there are certain essentials that ought to be on any typeographer’s must-have shelf. One of these is The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5, by Robert Bringhurst.
Bringhurst, in his foreward, states:
There are many books about typography, and some of them are models of the art they teach. But when I set myself to compile a simple list of working principles, one of the benchmarks I first thought of was William Strunk and E.B. White’s small masterpiece, The Elements of Style.
But what a book to come from such a modest remit. It goes from basics to esoterics, speaks of layout and glyph design, and weaves history and tradition into the mix, all in a logical, progressive format, each subsequent point building on many of the last. There is a section on page layout that touches on the Golden Section and Fibbonacci sequences, and lyrically unites the subjects so that they all make sense together. The book is rounded out by font histories and the most extensive glossary ever provided for a type book that defines every figure worth knowing about.
To go into everything this book covers would overlengthen an already overlong report. Suffice it to say what Hermann Zapf said about the book:
All desktop typographers should study this book. It is not just one more publication on typography, like so many others on the market. It is, instead, a must for everybody in the graphics arts…Written by an expert, Robert Bringhurst’s book is particularly welcome in an age where typographic design is sometimes misconstrued as a form of private self-expression for designers…I wish to see this book become the Typographer’s Bible”.
And who are we to argue with Hermann Zapf? We wish to echo his words: if you are or fancy yourself a typographer, get this book.
The Elements of Typographic Style, version 2.5
by Robert Bringhurst
349 pp with index, Hartley & Marks, 2002
ISBN 0-88179-132-6 (pbk)
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