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What are the best books on typography you recommend?

9 months ago from , Experience Director @Publicis

What are the best books I can buy on amazon to learn typography in a way that topic stops being a mystery once I read that book or books?

16 comments

  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 9 months ago

    Here's a short list, nothing controversial. In my humble opinion, historical context is the most important aspect of really tamping this stuff down.

    • Just My Type
    • Never Use Futura
    • Thinking With Type
    • On Web Typography
    • The Elements of Typographic Style
    3 points
    • Todd CantleyTodd Cantley, 9 months ago

      +1 for Thinking with type

      5 points
    • D Dot, 9 months ago

      Have all of those and can confirm they are all great choices. I have one additional book to add.

      The Anatomy of Type: A graphic Guide to 100 Typefaces by Stephen Coles

      It's a great book for gaining a solid foundation of both type anatomy and classifications. Stephen is the former creative director of FontShop and co-founder of Fonts In Use; his knowledge of typography is extensive. I learn new things every time I open it up.

      4 points
      • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 9 months ago

        Yes! I forgot that one. Covers your basics of type structure, taxonomy, and dives into the unique features that makes popular typefaces unique.

        0 points
  • Ryan MiglavsRyan Miglavs, 9 months ago

    I'm a big fan of The Elements of Typographic Style. It's a bit opinionated, but has a lot of great material.

    I also quite like The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web.

    Good luck and enjoy your journey of learning!

    2 points
  • Marcel van Werkhoven, 9 months ago

    I got this book when it came out: https://betterwebtype.com/web-typography-book

    There's probably 'heavier' material out there but I found this book easy to read, understand and after applying some of the basics to my own work I noticed improvements right away. Such as how to 'fix' line-heights.

    1 point
  • Taylor PalmerTaylor Palmer, 9 months ago

    Hey Camilo, I’ve done some work compiling book recommendations at uxtools.co/library and there’s a “typography” section there.

    One that’s not included there that I like (but it’s super dense) is “The Elements of Typographic Style.” It opened my mind to how type and grid are supposed to work torgether.

    1 point
  • Omer BalyaliOmer Balyali, 9 months ago

    "The Elements of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst, for sure.

    "Grid systems in Graphic Design" by Josef Müller-Brockmann

    ...and maybe not a direct typography book, but a really good design book: "The Form Book" by Borries Schwesinger

    1 point
  • Neel KadiaNeel Kadia, 9 months ago

    This list and This Website

    1 point
  • Tomas AnthonyTomas Anthony, 9 months ago
    • Thinking With Type, Ellen Lupton
    • Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, Simon Garfield
    1 point
  • jj moijj moi, 9 months ago
    • The Ten Commandments of Typography: Type Heresy
    • Just My Type
    0 points
  • Nicholas BurroughsNicholas Burroughs, 9 months ago

    Whatever you do, do not start with The Elements of Typographic Style. Once you read it, remember that Bringhurst is most often discussing publication and book layout primarily. It's an amazing resource, but it should not be treated as the gospel, as it often is.

    0 points
  • Emir BukvaEmir Bukva, 9 months ago

    I think The Elements of Typographic Style by Bringhurst is a great way to start.

    If that feels too historical (thought that’s a bit like saying "if basketball feels too sporty…"), I highly recommend Type & Typography by Baines & Haslam.

    0 points
  • Steven McClenningSteven McClenning, 9 months ago

    https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Stealing-Sheep-Find-Works/dp/0201703394

    Stop Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works

    For typography 101

    0 points
  • Peiran TanPeiran Tan, 7 months ago

    Finer Points, Dowding

    Detail in Typography, Hochuli

    0 points