The Complete Manual of Typography
by James Felici
book is about how type should look and how to make it look that way;
in other words, how to set type like a professional. It releases
the craft knowledge that used to reside almost exclusively in the
heads of people working in type shops. The shops are gone, the technologies
have changed, but the goal remains the same. This book explains in
very practical terms how to use today's computerized tools to achieve
that secret of good design: well-set type.
Type & Typography
by Phil Baines, Andrew Haslam
and Typography is the definitive guide for every designer who works
with type and layout. Carefully structured and brimming with clear
examples, it covers every aspect of typography, from a historical
introduction to language, writing systems, and alphabets; following
with the development of letterforms and moveable type; and finishing
with the evolution of the amazing digital systems available today.
In addition, you'll discover a valuable "road map" that
helps you navigate among the bewildering variety of typefaces available,
as well as scores of no-fail techniques for using type as a meaningful
element of design and layout in all media.
Typography: An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques
by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott, Bernard Stein
is what Erich Shelton (Evansville, IN) has to say about this book.
"I teach university level Graphic Design and Typography and brought my
copy into class, like I do many books, hoping to inspire my students. If anyone
has ever taught young college students, inspiration doesn't always come as
we expect. Most of the time they give a half willing glance with little comment.
However, when I brought this book into class, showed them the contents, and
then noted the price, their interests immediately grew. It is an extremely
large book and full of examples or overviews of everyone throughout history
who has made contributions into design and type. It is not meant to be an exhaustive
book on the subject and there were some designers and artists which possibly
needed or deserved more exposure. However, it sparked enough interest in my
students that before the class was over I had five students signing their name
for me to order them a copy."
List Price: $39.95
A Type Primer
by John Kane
practical introduction to typography, this book analyzes the basic
principles and applications of type. From measuring type and classifying
typefaces to organizing text on a page and understanding grid systems,
the author covers everything that the beginning student of graphic
design needs to know. In addition, he includes a brief history of
typography, numerous examples to illustrate the points raised, and
a series of useful exercises to help readers put basic principles
List Price: $36.20