Rookie at Typography

keniag's picture

Hi guys,
I came across this site after long hours searching online for typography help.

I have many questions, to begin with here's a little something about myself.
I'm a young web designer. I've been on the field for about six months so I'm still learning everything that heads towards me.
About two weeks ago I got my evaluation at work. I got some really good feedback on the type of work I do.
My boss mention I should improve myself in typography. At first I was really shock to hear I needed improvement on the area where I thought I had it under control or at least thought I knew enough.

I guess I'm completely clueless about typography.
Right now I have no idea how to start, what book to read or what classes should I take..etc.

My question is:
Where is the starting line to typography?

More like baby steps for me right now. I really love my job. The only concerned is my lack of typography and I don't want this to effect my job.

Thank you in advance.

-KG

Ehague's picture

Check out this page under Typophile's Resources section:
Resources->Books->Typography

There's actually a book called Type & Typography by Phil Baines and Andrew Haslam that works as a pretty good introduction, but I'm not sure if it's been reviewed on Typophile yet. Otherwise Bringhurst's Elements is a decent way in.

shanejlong's picture

In design school they started us off with...

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

And it scared the crap out of all of us, definetly not what I would call a begginer book, definetly an intermediate (once you get the basics down) book though, and re-reading it since college has really been great.

I would actually suggest...

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton

Its a fantastic begginer book, and I think the more contemporary refrences and samples she shows will help you relate alot better than bringhurst's more "classic/elite/typesetting" approach.

Don McCahill's picture

I'll second Bringhurst for a start, and Felici's The Complete Manual of Typography is another good one.

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