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Best Typography Books You Must Read

Here is a list of the best Typography books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Thinking with Type, 2nd revised and expanded edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (2010)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadOur all time best selling book is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for print and the web, the use of ornaments and captions, lining and non-lining numerals, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and hand lettering….
Author(s): Ellen Lupton

2. Jost Hochuli: Detail In Typography (english Reprint) (2015)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadJost Hochulis concise guide to micro-typography considers everything that can happen within a column of text. Detail in Typography discusses in simple steps the factors that make text easy to read and good to look at. It provides, in its own form and manufacture, a demonstration of how books can be made. The book was published first, in several languages, in 1987 and 1988. Hochuli then developed the German text, publishing it again in 2005, in Switzerland. This new edition, by Éditions B42, will be available in german, french and english versions….
Author(s): Jost Hochuli

3. Typography for Lawyers 2nd (2018)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadOriginally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily. Revised and updated, Typography for Lawyers, 2nd builds on the topics and tutorials included in the first edition with 20 pages of new material, covering topics such as email, footnotes, alternate figures, and OpenType…
Author(s): Matthew Butterick

4. Typography Essentials Revised and Updated: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type (2019)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadDivided into four sections—The Letter, The Word, The Paragraph, and The Page—the text is concise, compact, and easy to reference. Each of the 100 principles, which cover all practical aspects of designing with type, has an explanation and inspiring visual examples drawn from international books, magazines, posters, and more.Typography Essentials is for designers of every medium in which type plays a major role, and is organized and designed to make the process enjoyable and entertaining, as well as instructional….
Author(s): Ina Saltz

5. The Typography Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters (2016)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadThis book serves as an introduction to the key elements of good typographic design. Broken into sections covering the fundamentals of typography, the book features inspiring works by acclaimed typographic designers from across the world. Each section illustrates technical points and encourages readers to try out new ideas of their own. The subjects covered include typographic rebus, abstract form, overlapping, using grids, metaphoric construction and illumination.The result is an instantly accessible, jargon-free guide to typographic design using professional techniques….
Author(s): Steven Heller, Gail Anderson

6. Lessons in Typography: Must-know typographic principles presented through lessons, exercises, and examples (Creative Core) (2015)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadGet hands on with type in this lesson-based addition to Jim Krause’s popular new Creative Core series on design fundamentals. In Lessons in Typography, you’ll learn the basics of identifying, choosing, and using typefaces and immediately put that knowledge to work through a collection of exercises designed to deepen and expand your typographic skills. After a crash course in type terminology, you’re encouraged to walk the talk with lessons and exercises on creating type-based logos, crafting personal emblems, choosing and using the right fonts for layouts, designing your own fonts, fine-tuning text like a…
Author(s): Jim Krause

7. Handstyle Lettering: From Calligraphy to Typography (2017)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadIn our increasingly digital age, the compass, eraser, pencil and pen may seem like archaic choices for cutting-edge typography design; enter Handstyle Lettering, the latest from industry leader Viction:ary. Handstyle Lettering puts the best in contemporary hand-lettering on display with artist profiles as well as broad surveys of handcrafted typographic projects used for signage, logos, invitations and more. The on-trend pieces within exist at the intersection of art, typography and design; their creators help lend authenticity and style to corporate identities, or allow small brands and individual…
Author(s): Viction Workshop

8. On the Road to Variable: The Flexible Future of Typography (2018)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadOn the 16th of September 2016, Adobe, Google, Apple, and Microsoft announced a new update to the Open-Type specification that allowed for fonts to be variable. Through this update, designers would have the freedom and flexibility to use a wide variety of styles, ranging in extremes to include everything in between. Although the technology has yet to be fully implemented, variable typography is already becoming an unstoppable force in contemporary graphic design. On the Road to Variable explores an eclectic and exciting collection of work that experiments with the modification of existing typefaces as well as the…
Author(s): Victionary

9. Typography Sketchbooks (2011)

Best Typography Books You Must Read* Typography the design of letters is at the heart of visual communication and graphic design. No design is successful without successful typography.* An artful craft since the days of moveable type, today’s digital designers have an unimaginable array of possibilities when it comes to choosing typefaces. Whether on paper, screen or in e-ink, legibility and expression are paramount.* Where do the best contemporary fonts come from, and who designed them? Fortunately for us, typography for most designers is an obsession, one of the purest forms of design, one that can always be improved and refined.* Selected by the…
Author(s): Steven Heller, Talarico Lita

10. The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0: 20th Anniversary Edition (2013)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadRenowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining the practical, theoretical, and historical, this edition is completely updated, with a thorough revision and updating of the longest chapter, “Prowling the Specimen Books,” and many other small but important updates based on things that are continually changing in the field….
Author(s): Robert Bringhurst

11. Typography Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Type in Graphic Design (2006)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadNew in paperback, The Typography Workbook provides an at-a-glance reference book for designers on all aspects of type.The book is part of Rockport’s popular Workbook series of practical and inspirational workbooks that cover all the fundamental areas of the graphic design business. This book presents an abundance of information on type – the cornerstone of graphic design – succinctly and to the point, so that designers can get the information they need quickly and easily.Whereas many other books on type are either very technical or showcase oriented, this book offers ideas…
Author(s): Timothy Samara

12. Vintage Graphic Design: Type, Typography, Monograms & Decorative Design from the Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries (2020)

Best Typography Books You Must ReadAny type user and enthusiast will doubtless derive joy from the letters and ornaments in Vintage Graphic Design, gathered from the rare and forgotten sources that authors Steven Heller and Louise Fili have collected over the years. As type gourmets, Heller and Fili savor type in many forms—especially the aesthetically idiosyncratic and the printed artifacts of which historical or retro typefaces are samples. A period of rapid innovation and growth in printing and type technology, the late 1800s and early 1900s saw type foundries in Europe and…
Author(s): Steven Heller, Louise Fili

Best Typography Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some typography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Typography Essentials Revised and Updated: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type

Author(s): Ina Saltz
Publisher: Rockport Publishers, Year: 2019, Size: 63 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2399831

Indesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe Indesign

Author(s): Nigel French
Publisher: Adobe Press, Year: 2018, Size: 38 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2376020

Better Web Typography for a Better Web

Author(s): Matej Latin
Publisher: Matej Latin, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2278671

Web Typography: A handbook for designing beautiful and effective responsive typography

Author(s): Richard Rutter
Publisher: , Year: 2017, Size: 25 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2369352

Books Before Typography: A Primer of Information About the Invention of the Alphabet and the History of Book-Making up to the Invention of Movable Types

Author(s): Hamilton, Frederick William
Publisher: Andesite Press, Year: 2017, Size: 406 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2418384

The New Web Typography: Create a Visual Hierarchy with Responsive Web Design

Author(s): Boss, Stephen; Cranford Teague, Jason
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1593986

The Typography Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters

Author(s): Steven Heller, Gail Anderson
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2211589

The Joy of Lettering: A Creative Exploration of Contemporary Hand Lettering, Typography & Illustrated Typeface

Author(s): Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Jaclyn Escalera
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2328689

Typography 34

Author(s): Type Directors Club
Publisher: Harper Design, Year: 2014, Size: 42 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1167945

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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