New to Typography

anonymous's picture

All,

I am just getting involved in graphic design (I have always studied Fine Arts/Photography) and would love some recomendations on typography books that address do's/dont's and also in-depth citiques on different designers and projects.

BB

jfp's picture

Joe you put here the best 2 books for starters!! I just give the same books references to a guy yesterday!

Mark Simonson's picture

I just give the same books references to a guy yesterday!

Me too. I wonder if it was the same guy?

andym's picture

Hi All,

Does there a book by a typographer that shows in diagrams and examples how they create a font from beginning to end. Does anything like this exist?

Thanks for any suggestions

beejay's picture

andy - there are five sites that I can think of
off the top of my head...

www.chank.com
www.larabiefonts.com
www.iconian.com
www.shinntype.com
www.apostrophiclab.com

Each site has some tutorial type of stuff.
Jared Benson is working on something, too,
that will be here at typophile.

if you'd like to learn some Illustrator
glyph-building techniques, send me an email.

If you want to build a text face, examine the
great ones and MLAM.

bj

PYMadlon's picture

might I add a few books off the bottom of my head...

Counterpunch: Making Type in the Sixteenth Century, Designing Typefaces Now
I'm in the middle of this one, but it's an easy read and a good history of the stuff you should keep in mind while designing type.

The Complete Manual of Typography
Once again, not a how-to, but a good what-to. All the language, rules, suggestions, and good sections on PostScript, Unicode and TrueType.

but I'll repeat the best advice: examine the great ones.

kris's picture

Helo. I always have trouble working with bloody bezier
curves, I don't feel that they ever do what I want
them to do. Does a definitive resource exist explaining
how to make them work for the user, or is it, as I
suspect, something that comes with time?

anonymous's picture

Thanks for the info.

anonymous's picture

you can check this sight, it has a gloosary containing some of the terms you might need/want to know... and very usefull info

anonymous's picture

you can check this sight, it has a gloosary containing some of the terms you might need/want to know... and very usefull info
http://www.owlsoup.com/foamtrain/

anonymous's picture

Kris wrote:

Helo. I always have trouble working with bloody bezier
curves, I don't feel that they ever do what I want
them to do. Does a definitive resource exist explaining
how to make them work for the user, or is it, as I
suspect, something that comes with time?
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It's the kind of thing that gets better with practise. Also, having the right tools helps. I would highly recommend that you invest in a graphics tablet, if you haven't already. The mouse is suboptimal and a shortcut to RSI.

best,

Cataneo

Miss Tiffany's picture

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