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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 2 edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201703394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201703399
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

An updated new edition of the classic guide to typography.

A unique, entertaining, and educational tour through the most basic unit of human communication: type. This book, a perennial seller since 1993, draws in the reader with its beautiful design and layout, making liberal use of more than 200 illustrations and photographs. The author explains in everyday layman's terms what type is and how you can use it to enhance legibility, meaning, and aesthetic enjoyment. This edition is revised and updated to include new chapters on Web typography and other forms of online text display.

About the Author

Erik Spiekermann is an internationally renowned graphic designer and the founder of MetaDesign. He wrote the bestselling first edition of this book and many articles on type and typography, as well as Rhyme and Reason: A Typographic Novel. He is also the designer of typefaces such as FF Meta and ITC Officina. He lives and works in Berlin.

E.M. Ginger is a typographic consultant, editor, and freelance writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with type and typography for two decades. She was managing editor of the journal Fine Print for twelve years and the editor of several bestselling cookbooks.


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a great read for someone who has never considered type before. Those graphic design graduates who were never taught type in ground-up way, self-tought pros wanting to learn some theory or for editors, subs or marketing people who are now doubling-up as designers. It really makes you share the authors' total enthusiasm for type, although there are other equally clear introductions that are either cheaper or offer more. If you want hard knowledge rather than enjoyable prose check out The Mac is Not a Typewriter, Rauari McClean's pre-DTP Manual of Typography, or About Face by Rotovision.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Munn on 26 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a typography novice. Before reading this book, I thought the font Gaudi was named after the architect of La Sagrada Familia.
The book is written in a down-to-earth tone of voice that held my interest. It gives a good introduction to the use of grids in layout and why they are so important. Basics such as x-height, linespacing, letterspacing and ligatures are covered. Some intriguing typographical history is worked in to give explanation to the current state of type. Most pages give samples of popular fonts.
You'll probably have to do a lot more reading and practicing before becoming a typographic expert, but this little book covers a lot of relevant information for the novice in an accessible manner. Several times, the author makes mention of today's cheap paperback novels that are produced without any thought to good design. This book isn't one of those. Each page has been painstakingly well designed, and the price tag shows it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By stuartl2 on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is beautifully presented and easily read but the content maybe a little too thin. However I suppose it's an introductory text that tries to get the reader to get a feel for what is a highly specialised art form. Half the pages are illustrations while the text is allowed a generous amount of space. Some of the more important or factually based information is set in smaller type and acts as a prompt for the reader to investigate further. Effectively it's a book that creates a mood that once you've grasped can lead you on to more hardcore texts such as Elements in Typographic Style or The New Typography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mle C. Marillet on 6 Jun. 2010
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I will start a graphic design MA this September and was advised to read this book from the course coordinator. I have not finished reading it yet but so far, it is very good... The layout and grid of the book are easy to follow. This makes the book pleasant to read. There are loads of illustrations/pictures and this helps to understand the points detailed on each page. In terms of the contents, this book makes you think about type and its use. The examples shown in the book dont really come from artwork but they are more day-to-day stuff that surround us. I've learnt a lot of interesting stuff/tips so far.

I had read the Basic Design: Typography by Gavin/Ambrose Basics Design: Typography and thought it was very interesting with loads of superb examples of artwork but there weren't enough contents compared to "Stop stealing sheep".

I'd recommend this book to anyone who, like me, is a beginner in the graphic design world and wants to learn basics about typography. It's a good intro!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C Knights on 10 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book gets you thinking about typography rather than teaching you the art - although there are a few practical tips you will pick up along the way. Written in a witty and entertaining style it is a worthwhile introductory read for those just getting into typography.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. A. Nowikowski on 22 April 2004
Format: Paperback
'Find Out How Type Works'? Not by reading this. It's Ok if you know nothing about typography, as it quickly skims over some obvious points that you should know about this broad subject area. However, it's very overated, and with a basic understanding of type you'll feel you've been let down by this book.
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By xkaylex on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
A must buy for anyone interesting in typography and improving their skills. I're read the first edition before in the library but had to purchase it. As its extremely useful to anyone who likes graphic design, studys it and so on. A great book to have. I keep looking at it, best part are the red bits of type that inform you as a designer about various facts to do with whats being discussed like type designers etc. Definately needed in your book collection!
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By E. Hancock on 13 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Brilliant little book on typography. I read this before starting my design degree, three years on and I'm still using the lessons it taught me. Full of helpful examples, plenty of full colour images, and in-depth information for an extra level of understanding. My only complaint is that it's not long enough for me, finished it in five hours.
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