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argh my eyes!
on 9 June 2012
I have a few 'Typographic' books on my shelves and this one isn't up there, no matter the other reviews. While technically it is about Typography, it is more concerned with Graphic Design and Page Layout than just being a pure Typography book. Nothing particularly wrong in that, but I think it is a slightly disingenuous title because of that. You could easily have put 'how to layout objects on a page that happened to be made up of letters' and you'd still be correct.
The book is nice and glossy but like a lot of 'design' books suffers the usual fundamental failing of being more style over content. On face value (i.e. cursory flicking through) the book is very colourful, full of 'rich' and 'lively' examples and a lot of work has obviously gone into it; but as a book to 'work' from (i.e. the 'workbook' aspect in the title) it leaves a lot to be desired.
I sat down to read this and after about 10 minutes I had to stop and give my eyes a break - I don't know about you but I struggle to read 10/11 point type in cyan printed on a black (full bleed) page or have to squint to distinguish white out lettering across two primary colours when this is trying to explain a concept or idea. This is design for design's sake and fails in the fundamental requirement of getting your message across, too many colours, text too small in many places, glossy pages do not make good reading especially when reading by overhead lights. A lot of work has gone into this evidently, but not enough about Typography and too much about how many colours/frames/layouts we can get on 2 pages.