Originally printed back in 1992, Kinross argues in favour of “modern typography” as a tool for rational, clear and open communication. The book offers a wide overview of the history of the discipline and its recent developments in Central Europe from a variety of different perspectives – technical, social and political.
A forward-looking must-have that explores the power of typography in the printed free word and its ability to remain relevant in the current digitalisation of media.
Named by Hermann Zapf the “Typographer’s Bible”, Bringhurst‘s Elements has reached its 30th anniversary but still remains a standard in typography education. The book widely covers the fundamentals and finer details of macro- and micro typography, layout, formatting and more.
Part of the “triumvirate” of typography books, Letters of Credit is an extensively illustrated volume on history, esthetics and taste.
A highly analytical and concise text on the theory of writing and its unequivocal connection with typographic letters. Starting from the basics of form, Noordzij introduces concepts that can be applied – beyond calligraphy – to all available current technologies, including digital media.
Type design from the perspective of a punchcutter. Through his knowledge of crafting metal type by hand, Smeijers discusses the fundamentals of designing letters and offers a fresh view on the prospects of digital type.
If you have a very specific question, Type Tricks probably has an answer. Consider it a type encyclopedia, a handy tool in your arsenal to supplement the more history-focused reads.
Diacritical marks are often a very overlooked aspect of Latin typeface production. However, in many Central European countries – due to their much higher frequency –, accents are considered a key element of letterforms and rhythm. The book provides fresh visual examples and a comprehensive system to facilitate the creation of specific local signs.
A clear and very focused journey into the technicalities behind designing size-optimised type. Do not let the title intimidate you: the book feels surprisingly accessible during its explorations on lettershape, stroke contrast, proportions and spacing.
Not just a set of stepping stones to approaching revivals, Designing type revivals provides the necessary groundwork for any project with strong connection to its source material, and helps better understand how historical models can be repurposed in a contemporary context.
Tackling the common misconceptions about the written word and its spoken counterpart, Harris proves how the Latin-writing world is biased and essentially flawed.