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on 28 August 2010
I have to admit this book surpassed my expectations. Delving into everything from the construciton of single typographical characters and their components, through informative examples and analysis of the effect and importance oftracking, weight, leading through to type families, paragraphing, experimental tyography this book has it all. As a freelance designer and lecturer in graphic design i would highly recommend this book to all students studying graphic design and any professional that enjoys working with type. A very handy and vast resource!
infact don't even read about this book, just buy it...worth its weight in plutonium!!
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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.
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on 13 May 2012
Book is great for beginners or for font lovers.
Texts and illustrations provide useful information and make it all finally clear. A must-have in young Graphic Designer's bookshelf.
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on 4 March 2012
The book is quite interesting, for anybody who likes to read about fonts. Good for absolute begginers but don't expect it to be from A to Z guide. The comment: 'Provides an at-a-glance reference guide for graphic designers on every aspect of typography' is very true.
It gives short description with a lot of examples. I like it.
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on 3 September 2013
I just wanted to get my five stars in here.

It looks and feels like a good book you would read out of enjoyment for a subject or hobbie such as Fishing, Sking, Hiking, Boxing or Judo etc when not doing the hobbie but also gives information like a College or University textbook would.
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on 18 February 2015
good book helpful and engaging about how type as changed and how to understand what it is good quality.
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on 19 July 2009
A really useful book. A practical guide to achieving excellence in presentation by "illustrating" the message by the use of text.
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on 6 May 2015
Lovely comprehensive book on type beautifully designed.
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on 17 October 2015
Not many illustrations of beautiful typography
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on 19 May 2015
This book is really boring. It's not engaging at all, I can't even be bothered to go through it because the pages are laid out in such a complicated and dull way that I end up closing the book. Unfortunate purchase.
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