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  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S. (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581153481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581153484
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By davmay48 on 29 Dec. 2014
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If Steven Heller is the author you should simply buy the book whatever the content.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Good, for the right reader 21 Feb. 2005
By wiredweird - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The right reader teaches typography and wants, at minimum, to know that [s]he is not alone out there. This book offers a number of essays, Q&A with praticing educators, and a few syllabi. This book consists of 40 or so brief pieces. That's way too many for any one voice ot dominate, but certainly covers a wide range of views and practices. There are a few minor gems here, including discussions of the unique needs of Hebrew and Arabic, and about the 'voice' of a printed text. There's no organized bibliography here, but the careful reader will be rewarded with a good long list of titles, some of which are sure to be unfamiliar.

Though by no means unanimous, there was wide agreement that hand-work exercises, using physical media, are helpful or necessary for understanding what computerized systems are doing. I have to agree. If nothing else, computer users have a tendency to treat the quirks and oddities of their chosen software as laws of nature. This inflexibility stands in sharp contrast to most students' use of ink, paper, and all the rest, where their goal is to push the medium to its limit or beyond. Because they have no way to adapt the software tools to their concepts, they constrain their concepts to the tools, sometimes unknowingly. Users of physical media may at least have the vision to see beyond those limits.

The practicing typographer won't find much to relate to here, except a formal statement of what was probably done to her in the classroom. This book is about training educators, not about training the practitioners themselves, so there is very little discussion of the concrete design issues.

This book has a rather narrow intended audience: type educators. Others (like me) can still read it, and still get some measure of insight into typography and typographers.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The basics of teaching and learning typography 9 Mar. 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's important to learn the elements of type before embarking on an exploration of graphic design: that's what makes Steven Heller's The Education Of A Typographer so important. Essays, interviews, and course syllabi explore the basics of teaching and learning typography, with writing by top designers and educators providing insights on the finer points of typography. Discussions cover everything from how to choose type among the hundreds of choices available to common elements of sloppy typographical choices, how to identify and eliminate them, and understanding typographic delivery to different audiences.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AWesome Book 26 April 2008
By Diane Roy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Awesome book whether you're a type geek or not . I just started getting interested in learning about tyopography but this book is about more than just type , its about art and why we learn it the way we do
and how that affects how we both view and interact with the world.
not a showcase or cafe book 30 Aug. 2007
By Cem Gül - Published on
Format: Paperback
good theory for teachers, useful articles from other lecturers and useful type theory that works. No colorful and amazing samples on pages. It's totally theory! worth it.
6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
did I really buy this book? 28 April 2006
By P. J. Cassel - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Reading this book is difficult, I don't know if I'll be able to get through it.

12 point type gets a 12 point paragraph indent, 14 point type gets a 14 point paragraph indent, this book has paragraph indents of .5 inch, which suggests the type should be 36 points

It's as if the book is trying to hypnotize a person into being a good typesetter, my eyes zigzagged back and forth, and this voice started saying, "you will be a good typesetter, you will be a good typesetter." Something about the excessive white space at the beginning of the paragraphs was putting me to sleep. So any good information about typesetting will be hard to extract.
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