The holidays are coming!
I don’t know about all of you, but my family always tells me I am so hard to buy. I never feel like that though. I like art! food! music! technology! bikes! does things! uh. candles! However, one thing tends to work: books.
If someone I know makes an effort to choose a book that they think I will like, I cherish this. One type of book that I never tire of are typography books. In a sense, you are getting double for your money. A typography book has no choice but to have an amazingly typography itself, so as you read and learn you dwell on the composition of the book itself. Even though I bet it goes against what the authors want! They always say that a good typography shouldn’t draw attention to itself but get out of the way. Still, in an educational context, I think we can admire in complete safety.
I think a large part of the population would appreciate a book on typography. Even if they are not typographers or designers, the typeface is a kind of art and I would say most people love art. Even Kayne famous gets emotional about the fonts.
So whatever your reason for browsing typography books, here’s a great list. I literally own all of them, so don’t give me gift ideas 😉
Web Typography by Richard Rutter
This one is just off the press, it just came out in August 2017!
Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin
Almost new, Matej’s book just came out in July!
On the Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria
If you’ve been following the web design industry for some time, you’re probably already a big fan of Jason santa maria.
A Pocket Guide to Combining Fonts by Tim Brown
Tim is Head of Typography at Typekit!
Elements of the Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
If any book on this list can be considered the ultimate classic, this is it.
Think with the guy
The Ellen Lupton classic makes all the must-read typography readings I’ve ever seen. The official site is more of a companion site with a lot of information.
Type Anatomy by Stephen Coles
Typography for lawyers by Matthew Butterick
I asked my friend Robin Rendle, who is quite a typographer and typist, his favorite books on typography. A tough question for him, but he narrowed it down to three. He agreed with me on Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type and gave me these two more:
Shady characters of Keith Houston
and the dagger (†) – which alternately illuminated and spit out heretical verses from the early Bible – or the acrobatic sign (@), which languished in darkness for centuries until it was saved by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on a myriad of sources to trace the life and times of these enigmatic scribbles, both exotic (¶) and everyday (&).
Counterpunch is full of ideas. This is both an investigation of the techniques of hand-crafted metallic type making and a review of current issues in type design. The discussion covers the fundamentals of letter design and making, so that the book can be read as a guide to building type and fonts in any medium. Vivid and sharp drawings and photographs complete an equally fresh text.
Here is ! Did I miss any of your favorites?