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Type Matters! [Leather Bound]

Jim Williams , Foreword by Ben Casey
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2 April 2012
Once upon a time, only typesetters needed to know about kerning, leading, ligatures, and hanging punctuation. Today, however, most of us work on computers, with access to hundreds of fonts, and we'd all like our letters, reports and other documents to look as good - and as readable - as possible. But what does all the confusing terminology about ink traps, letter spacing, and visual centring mean, and what are the rules for good typography? Type Matters! is a book of tips for everyday use, for all users of typography, from students and professionals to anyone who does any layout design on a computer. The book is arranged into three chapters: an introduction to the basics of typography; headline and display type; and setting text. Within each chapter there are sections devoted to particular principles or problems, such as selecting the right typeface, leading, and the treatment of numbers. Examples throughout show precisely what makes good typography and, crucially, what doesn't. Authoritatively written and designed by a practitioner and teacher of typography, Type Matters! has a beautifully clear layout that reinforces the principles discussed throughout.

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  • Leather Bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945675
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 17.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want a comprehensive grounding in the fundamentals of typography or an accessible, concise reference guide, this book is for you. --Type Worship

Type Matters! … is physically satisfying … pleasing to the touch, the nose, the eye, and when actually read, the hungry mind. --Blog Critics

This book is perfectly positioned to ease the newbie into the world of typography... it is a learner's bible. --Seattle Post Intelligencer

In short, Type Matters! is an indispensable guide to the basics of typography that no budding graphic designer should be without. --The Point

If you have an interest in typography, or know someone who is, pick up a copy or give it as a gift. It will make its new owner very grateful indeed. --Urban Bachelorette

The book's soft leather cover opens to a series of well-designed pages, the knowledge of type embedded in lines of examples. Introductory concepts like weight and letter spacing are paired with lesser-known bits to demonstrate what ultimately constitutes an elegantly executed page, as well as what gets in the way. --Cool Hunting

These may be simple tips, but they could change the way the world reads the writing you want to present. --Columbus Dispatch

About the Author

Jim Williams began his career as a typographer in advertising, and is now an award-winning graphic designer and a senior lecturer in graphics at Staffordshire University. Ben Casey is Creative Director of The Chase design consultancy and Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Central Lancashire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Type Matters - oh yes 5 Jun 2012
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This is a fantastic reference book with really simple, but effective, tips for improving your typographic skills. I don't actually make my living in publishing, but I am finding it ideal for ensuring that my presentations are using the very best fonts depending on the circumstances.
I love it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice! 21 Sep 2012
By Przemek
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The book is a good introduction to typography. Nice examples and the book itself is an extraordinary editorial work. Very happy with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well made straight forward 2 Dec 2012
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This book takes you simply through the logic with an explanation followed by examples so you can appreciate the subtle but effective differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very sexy book 16 Sep 2013
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Well, the look and feel of this book is just gorgeous! I could have easily just purchased this book just by how it appears. But I also bought it for the useful content inside! It's a pretty good read and can help with developing your typography skills. I would recommend this if you have a basic knowledge of typography already, although it isn't took difficult to get a hang of the terminology. I'm very happy with my purchase!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exepcional for beginners 25 Jun 2013
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I recommend this book for all designers who want to learn more about typography, or remember the basics... It's easy to consult and it's a beautiful book. The cover is absolutely awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! 12 April 2013
By Emma
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It is a nice book, it looks like a bible :) The cover and the pages inside are of good quality!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Type Easy to Understand 9 May 2012
By bob
Format:Leather Bound
Definitely a book that's size and design lends itself to being kept close to hand. It's well structured and easy to absorb the information. A big plus is that it shows you what are 'bad' examples, as well as 'good' so that you can see the contrast for yourself. A pleasure to use. It looks good and feels expensive.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'type matters' review 29 April 2012
By jovan
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this is a clean and lean publication that succinctly introduces both the
layman and typography practitioner to the subject. ideal for a novice,
equally learned enough for a student studying the subject.
highly recommended, beatifully produced - neat!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product And Great Price
Great Product and a Great Price with a super fast service too! The product was exactly as described

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Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Type Beginners
I bought this book with an interest in learning type. It is literally one of the most informative books that I have ever read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean Geraghty
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing,
The reviews here on Amazon states that this book is great for everyone. It is not.

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Published 2 months ago by Hilde Lorentzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean, and easy to understand
I was a little confused at first, as the copy is written sometimes multiple times, to show different kerning etc, so you sometimes re-read the same bit 2/3 times which can be very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Glazebrook
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If you buy just one book on type, Jim's book is the one it should be. Clear, concise and full of the information you need to know.
Published 3 months ago by Brian Minards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference
Use it for learning, knowing and referring back to as a guide for typography – an essential for all designers.
Published 15 months ago by JR
3.0 out of 5 stars it might be good but literally smelly as hell
this book might have good information in it but yikes I can barely open it the smell of this book is horrible
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