"Designing Type" by Karen Cheng: A great book!

andi emery's picture

If you are just starting out designing type, I just picked up this great book called Designing Type by Karen Cheng. It explains the processes behind creating and designing type and provides detailed guidelines for creating serif and sans serif letters, numbers, punctuation, and accents.

"The book is illustrated with numerous diagrams that demonstrate visual principles and letter construction, ranging from informal progress sketches to final type designs and diagrams. A wide range of classic and modern typefaces is analyzed, including those from many premier contemporary type foundaries. Introductory essays and diagrams emphasize the history of type, the primary systems of typeface classification, the two main proportional systems for type, the parts of a letter, the effects of new technology on design methodology, the optical illusions that affect density and balance in letterforms, and the differences in form between basic serif typestyles."

dtw's picture

I think there was a discussion about this book already... (I remember because it started about a fortnight after I bought the book!)

Ever since I chose to block pop-ups, my toaster's stopped working.

grumpyoldbugger's picture

I'm so curious to see this book, being a huge fan of Ms Cheng's typefaces. What? She hasn't published any typefaces? Oh. I guess it's true what they say: Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, write books.

andi emery's picture

Thanks for the link, sii - I *did* do a search but apparently not a good one : (

dezcom's picture

I wonder whos alter ego is visiting us today:-)


andi emery's picture

It may be someone who doesn't publish, teach or write, Chris. ; )
(I'm off to buy LetterLetter and Stroke now, from a local small book shop!)

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