16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Covers lots of basics in an accessible manner,
This review is from: Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works (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.