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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Few Really Fine Works on Classic Typography
Along with the later book by James Felici, called "The Complete Manual of Typography" from Adobe Press, Bringhurst's book is a landmark work in English for any level of typgographic study.
Read it slowly and carefully for all the nuggets he leaves in a trail for us to follow. An amazing, brilliant effort no graphic design person should omit from his or her...
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3.0 out of 5 stars kind of dry
The book is pretty dry. But it is good if you wanted to know the rules of typography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maniac!, Aug. 17 2000
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Lorenzo Colloreta "TheLazyDesigner" (Pistoia, pt Italy) - See all my reviews
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This perfect book explores "classical" typography and page layout issues so deeply you won't have to ask more. Very interesting historic backgrounds, especially about font families and styles, absolutely rigorous definitions about page layout and line formatting. As a graphic designer, mainly for multimedia, I found this book a little frightening for his level of detail. Really A MUST for everyone into graphics design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You're a Designer, You Must Have This Book. Period., Aug. 9 2000
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A designer not having this book is like a writer not having a dictionary. Or maybe as severe as a Priest not having a Bible.
I could go on but the other reviews cover it very well. Just get it. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't remain in my profession without this book., June 8 2000
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Brian M. Taylor "Book Producer" (Rising Sun, MD) - See all my reviews
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As a designer, I am always looking to hone my skills. I thought I was adept at setting type until I found this gem. Bringhurst's study of type covers the obvious to the arcane. Beautifully designed, it illustrates type and their families, page geometry, philosophies of design, and typesetting rules. Master Craftsman, Hermann Zapf (you know -- his faces are in your computer) said himself that "he wishes to see this book become the Typographers Bible". This book is a must for the writer, publisher, designer, and editor because it covers a multitude of topics and rules vital and common to each sector. This is the "Manual of Style" for typesetting. It requires us to think more carefully about the setting of words and its impact on writing: "Typography is to literature what musical performance is to composition -- full of endless opportunity for insight OR obtuseness." I recommend this for anyone even remotely interested in the artform of letters. I highly recommend it for writers considering designing their own books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading, Dec 8 1999
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This book should be required reading for every graphic designer, book designer, typographer and certainly anyone directly or indirectly responsible for unleashing the current wave of awful typography on an unsuspecting public. Bringhurst covers everything from the basics of type styles to advanced kerning principles to the finer points of page proportions, all in a succint yet engaging way.
Bringhurst does an excellent job of laying out a series of rules and guidelines, while making it clear that these are a starting point, a foundation for good type design, not a set of limitations. He is a poet as well as a typographer, and his eloquence pays tribute to the field as no one else has.
The book features a good deal on the evolution of typography and includes great side-by-side comparisons of typefaces to illustrate specific points. He also deals extensively with punctuation marks, diacritics and the duty/joy of designing type with languages other than English in mind. I find myself returning again and again to the section on the subtleties of page proportions. He also achieves the nearly impossible balance of singing the praises of the old masters while not being afraid of the best of what's new and experimental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to making your creations beautiful, July 27 1998
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Julian Gilbey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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In this book, Robert Bringhurst welcomes us into his world of typography, gently showing us how to approach typesetting problems, how to select fonts, how to conceive of a page and the like. He also describes how historical reality should be taken into account in the design, as well as giving a detailed description of the history and style of many, many typefaces. The book is written with great passion, and contains very sound advice. This book is a must for anyone seriously trying to create a beautiful, readable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringhurst's book is wise, concise, and true., April 7 1998
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Robert Bringhurst's book must be the first word on typography and deserves to be the last. He writes with a humanist's sensitivity to history, a mathematician's devotion to order and number, and an artist's love of beauty. I cannot imagine a better book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Second the Nomination, Feb. 4 1998
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The review above describes the highlights of this book more elegantly than this author could hope to do. One section of the book that I particularly enjoyed was Appendix A which discusses: "Sorts and Characters." It explains the origin and use of all of those funny little characters in your fonts, such as the acute, guillemets, and the glottal stop. Appendix B contains a wonderful glossary of typographical terms. P.S. Buy the hardcover edition. It's a book that won't go out of style and you'll want to keep it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Typographer's Bible, Jan. 15 1998
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Probably the best book on typography. Packed with useful information written in a clear flowing style. If you are involved in type design, typesetting or web page design, then this book should be on your shelf. Even the paper the book is printed on is beautiful quality stuff! ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for every type and design lover, Dec 19 1997
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The Elements of Typographic Style sets the standard for what a type book should be. The single best type book on the market, a total joy to look at as it is to read. Offers an unequalled amount of information in a concise, easy-to-read fashion. The offers knowledge and love of his subject comes through every page. I've purchased fifty and seventy dollar type books that don't offer ten per cent of what this book offers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars indeed the bible of typography, Dec 8 1997
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Hermann Zapf wanted to see this book to become the ``typographer's bible''. And indeed it deserves to be. If you only have time to read one book on this subject, this is it.
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