Bringhurst, Robert

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Bringhurst, Robert. 2005. The Elements of Typographic Style. Point Roberts, WA: Hartley & Marks.

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Review: This lovely, well-written book is concerned foremost with creating beautiful typography and is essential for professionals who regularly work with typographic designs. Author Robert Bringhurst writes about designing with the correct typeface; striving for rhythm, proportion, and harmony; choosing and combining type; designing pages; using section heads, subheads, footnotes, and tables; applying kerning and other type adjustments to improve legibility; and adding special characters, including punctuation and diacritical marks. The Elements of Typographic Style teaches the history of and the artistic and practical perspectives on a variety of type families that are available in Europe and America today. The last section of the book classifies and displays many type families, offers a glossary of typography terms, and lists type designers and type foundries. The book briefly mentions digital typography, but otherwise ignores it, focusing instead on general typography, and page and type design issues. Its examples include text in a variety of languages — including English, Russian, German, and Greek — which is particularly helpful if your work has a multinational focus.

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