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The Elements of Typographic Style [Paperback]

Robert Bringhurst
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30 Sep 1996
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 des

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hartley & Marks Inc.,U.S.; 2nd edition (30 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881791326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881791327
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 816,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 3 July 2004
By Nozza
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This book seriously deserves the five stars. It is both beautifully written and very thought provoking. I am now having problems reading some books as my mind strays off to how a book has been designed - or sometimes not...
An awesome introduction to a fascinating subject. Bringhurst is both authoritative and humble. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A transcendental view of typography 23 Dec 2001
This book searches for the deep and hidden reasons of typographical choices.

The mixing of type, the size and layout of a page, the matching between type and text are explained in terms of conceptual reasons which go far beyond the more down-to-earth perceptive approach typographers usually take.
For instance, the size of pages is linked to the intervals of music (octave, fourth, and so on) and to the Fibonacci series and, of course, to the golden section.
It is, therefore, a pythagoric vision of typography.
I think practical people will dislike it and consider it unnecessarily affected and, speaking for myself, I considered it too far fetched.
But because the author is very clear and writes well, you are never left in doubt about what he means, and, therefore, you can make up your mind as to accept or rejects his views.
Even if I found the arguments artificial, the fact remains that it is plenty of good advice on all the finer points of typography and, more than that, it is one of the really beautifull recent books I have read.
So, if you choose to judge the author by the results he achieves and not for the reasons he claims are the cause of that achievement, you can only respect and admire the author and his principles.
Certainly a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth and lyrical... 26 April 2005
This is a superb book covering all aspects of type design in an almost lyrical prose style. It doesn't use endless pages of typeface specimens as filler but is endlessly informative. Covers such things as the effects of historical movements in typography. Highly reccomended to anyone at all interested in the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and Pragmatic 29 Sep 2004
Robert Bringhurst's book is utterly beautiful on various levels. Although the prose is framed from a very personal (and poetic) perspective, there is a wealth of pragmatic detail to satisfy the intellect. The book is absorbing to read, revealing useful details at every page turn. His reflections on the nature of typography allow the technical details to transcend up into the realm of creative typographic art.
The layout is beautiful (as expected), and actual decisions made in designing the layout are woven into the text; this quality is also evident in the choice of paper used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringhurst's book is wise, concise, and true. 8 April 1998
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Robert Bringhurst's book must be the first word on typography and deserves to be the last. He writes with a humanist's sensitivity to history, a mathematician's devotion to order and number, and an artist's love of beauty. I cannot imagine a better book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bible Of Typography 13 Jan 2001
By A Customer
»The Elements Of Typographic Style« is a very very interesting book. Robert Bringhurst is a very good writer, with an unusually wide knowledge of not only typograpy, and therefore the book becomes extremely very relevant and not at all overspecialized.
Mr Bringhurst's writing skills and knowledge have also succeeded in creating what is rare among reference books: A reference book that you can actually read from one end to the other, which is what I did myself. Without getting bored, no, in fact it was hard for me to put »The Elements Of Typographic Style« down!
The only drawback is that, sometimes, Mr Bringhurst tends to make statements which he makes look like the only truth, despite his amazing knowledge of the subject. His solutions are often, but not always, discussed - and especially when they are not, it seems annoying to read about what is his personal taste and preferences.
But »The Elements Of Typographic Style« seems to me like a Bible of typography! An extremely relevant book that will open not only typographers', printers' and authors' eyes and make them at the very least a little more aware of what makes a written medium inviting and worth reading. Of course, this book itself is a beautiful example of well-taken care of typography and layout!
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