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The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert…

The Elements of Typographic Style (1992)

by Robert Bringhurst

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Renowned 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.… (more)
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Put a poet to write about typography and you've got Bringhurst. Will write more when I've finished it, currently posting books I'm reading...
  ketolus | Aug 7, 2017 |
"The Elements of Typographic Style" is a compact yet erudite handbook on typography and graphic design. Assuming little to no knowledge of typography, Bringhurst walks the reader through various facets of typography design: from discussing kerning and why it matters, to a walk through the history of Western typography.

Bringhurst and co. have brought what seems like decades of research into this volume, and made it accessible to both amateur and professional designers. On top of that, the hardcover book itself is extremely well-designed, and an artifact in its own right. Highly recommended. ( )
  jasonli | Jul 17, 2014 |
Read this if you care at all about how your writing is presented, or how other peoples' writing is presented, or if you're interested in alphabets, or the history of printing, or how many different diacritics are used when writing Vietnamese with the Latin alphabet. ( )
  sben | Feb 11, 2014 |
Fascinating. Quite a lot to digest, especially for the amateur typographer, and doubly so for one working purely in reflowable digital text. Everyone I've mentioned this book to has assumed it to be about "fonts," but only a third or so of this book deals with issues connected to type face design and selection, even counting issues of kerning etc. A rich field well introduced. ( )
  llasram | Nov 9, 2010 |
I bought this book to help me understand font selection, and ended up learning a whole lot more. It's a great book, and surprisingly readable for a textbook. It's obvious that a lot of effort has been put into the presentation as it's very nicely laid out, indeed just looking at the layout can be instructive.

I can't really find much wrong with this book. If I were forced to find fault, it would be that the author is sometimes a little opinionated, and could occasionally accept that there are multiple acceptable ways to do something. ( )
  Pondlife | Jul 28, 2010 |
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[T]here can be no last word about typography and Bringhurst himself still has a lot more to say.
added by Katya0133 | editJournal of Scholarly Publishing, Richard Eckersley and Stephen Cox (Apr 1, 2000)
The author's prose is sometimes flowery, and some of his strongly expressed opinions are questionable. Nonetheless, there's a wealth of sound advice and instruction here.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Margarete Gross (Jan 1, 1997)
Bringhurst has created a work that deserves to become a classic in the field and belongs in any collection with an interest in the graphic arts.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Journal, Mark Woodhouse (Dec 15, 1992)
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-- Everything written symbols can say has already passed by. They are like tracks left by animals. That is why the masters of meditation refuse to accept that writings are final. The aim is to reach true being by means of those tracks, those letters, those signs -- but reality itself is not a sign, and it leaves no tracks. It doesn't come to us by way of letters or words. We can go toward it, by following those words and letters back to what they came from. But so long as we are preoccupied with symbols, theories and opinions, we will fail to reach the principle.

-- But when we give up symbols and opinions, aren't we left in the utter nothingness of being?


Kimura Kyuho, Kenjutsu Fushigi Hen [On the Mysteries of Swordsmanship], 1768
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for my colleagues & friends in the worlds of letters: writers & editors, type designers, typographers, printers & publishers, shepherding words and books on their lethal and innocent ways
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