Then I came across a list of one sites favorite typography books. The third book on the list (one of the authors favorites, I was glad to find that it is available at our local library – a great, and often overlooked resource in our culture today in my opinion).
He ends the list with soliciting comments on “your” favorite typography books. Since I’m just starting my self-study/research on the matter, I’ love to have your comments and feedback on the topic.
My favourite typography books
- Emotional Digital: A Sourcebook of Contemporary Typographics
- The first book on my list is, as is revealed by its name, tied to a certain period of time. It was released in 1999, at the height of the dotcom era. The examples of web typography that are included in the book obviously look very outdated. Despite that, this book feels remarkably fresh and current, with many beautiful illustrations and examples of type usage.
- 20th Century Type Remix
- In this book, Lewis Blackwell shows how typography and the use of type in graphic design evolved throughout the 20th century. Every decade has a chapter of its own, complete with examples of typography associated with that era.
- The Elements of Typographic Style
- This is the best book on typography that I have read. I know there are those who do not agree with me, but, well I just love this book for the historical facts, typeface examples, and the guidelines for typographical details and page layout it contains.
- Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, Second Edition
- Stop Stealing Sheep is a small and thin book, which is probably a good thing considering its purpose – to explain type to a broader audience than just graphic designers. While this book is an excellent introduction to typography and its related terms, it is also very useful as a guidebook for more experienced type users.
- Typografisk handbok
- This one is in Swedish and is, if I remember correctly, the first typography book I laid my hands on while I was in college back in the early 90’s. It’s become something of the standard reference for typography in Sweden, and it is an excellent book. Use it as a reference or read it from start to finish.