18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review

by Fred Showker

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Vintage Commercial Art and Design

Vintage Commercial Art and Design

This versatile volume contains the essential typographic elements for creating ads with an authentic 1890s-1920s period flair. Highlights from a pair of century-old sign-painting manuals include borders, frames, typography, and a host of other images. Plates from the sourcebooks depict the material in its original usage, and a CD-ROM includes JPEGs of all images.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Vintage Commercial Art and Design by Frank H. Atkinson, Charles J. Strong and L. S. Strong
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Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS

Creative inspiration

Typography has long been an invaluable tool for communicating ideas and information. Words and characters once impressed in clay, written on papyrus, and printed with ink are now manifest in pixels of light. Today's web typographers can help their readers find, understand, and connect with the words, ideas, and information they seek. Thus, legibility and readability are the foundations for the typographic theories and practice covered in Typographic Web Design.
      You'll learn how to choose fonts, organize information, create a system of hierarchy, work with tabular information, create a grid, apply a typographic system across multiple pages, and build a font library.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS by Laura Franz
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Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior

Creative inspiration

This revolutionary guide is not only the first to look at how typography in design creates a call to action, but it also explores type and image as language. Stop, Think, Go, Do is packed with arresting imagery from around the world that influences human behavior.
      Page after page, you'll find innovative messages that advocate, advise caution, educate, entertain, express, inform, play, and transform.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic
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Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design

Creative inspiration

Explore the fundamentals of typography with this practical new guide. An instructional reader rather than historical survey, Design Elements: Typography Fundamentals uses well-founded, guiding principles to teach the language of type and how to use it capably. Designers are left with a solid ground on which to design with type. Limitless potential for meaningful and creative communication exists -- this is the field guide for the journey!
      Kristin Cullen is a graphic designer, author, and educator based in Chicago. Her work has appeared in national and international exhibits, as well as publications that include American Corporate Identity, Graphic Design USA, Graphis Poster Annual, HOW, and Print. She also wrote Layout Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Building Pages in Graphic Design, published by Rockport Publishers
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design by Kristin Cullen
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Typography : Graphic Design in Context

Creative inspiration

This book frames typography as a system of interrelated concerns as much as it summarizes the traditional craft that is the usual content of books on typography.
      Rather than reiterate an already documented set of rules that yield formulaic appropriateness, it describes the constantly shifting terrain of typography and provides ways of thinking about typographic relationships that adapt to content, contexts, and audiences.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Typography by Denise Gonzales Crisp
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The Little Black Book of Design

Creative inspiration

Across the realms of multimedia production, information design, web development, and usability, certain truisms are apparent. Like an Art of War for design, this slim volume contains guidance, inspiration, and reassurance for all those who labor with the user in mind.
      If you work on the web, in print, or in film or video, this book can help. If you know someone working on the creative arena, this makes a great gift. Funny, too.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Little Black Book of Design by Adam Judge
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Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s

Creative inspiration

Before the invention of Letraset, the sheets of dry-transfer letters that became popular with designers in the 1960s, custom headline lettering styles were frequently drawn by hand, creating a limitless field of innovative, creative, fanciful letters full of stylistic freedom and an energy unfettered by typographic traditions and templates.
      The covers of dime-store comic books, serials and pulp novels, in particular, practically sang out with these designs, which are collected--an astonishing 4,500 lively examples in all--in Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s, compiled by the award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, logo designer and typographer Rian Hughes.
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