The Elements of Typographic Style

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Hartley & Marks, 2002 - Art - 350 pages
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"Long the preserve of trained specialists alone, typography is a territory opened now to everyone equipped with a computer. For millions of people around the globe, the freedom to produce effective printed documents has suddenly become, like effective speaking and writing, an essential professional skill, an integral part of working life, and a daily source of personal delight. The Elements of Typographic Style is more than a typographic style guide. It is also a history of typographic usage and a brief encyclopedia of typographic concepts, resources and traditions. In short, it is a lucid and authoritative desktop reference for everyone who works with written words. To writers, this book offers a whole new set of skills and tools for effective expression and communication. To readers, it offers a new dimension of reading: a deeper appreciation of letters and a deeper understanding of what they mean. For students and practitioners of the graphic arts, it has become, as Hermann Zapf initially proposed, 'the Typographers' Bible.'"--Cover flap.

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In a discussion embracing five and a half centuries, poet and designer Bringhurst covers the design of individual characters of type and entire alphabets, as well as the layout of pages, including ... Read full review

The elements of typographic style

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In a discussion embracing five and a half centuries, poet and designer Bringhurst covers the design of individual characters of type and entire alphabets, as well as the layout of pages, including ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Historical Synopsis
12
The Grand Design
17
Copyright

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Robert Bringhurst was born October 16, 1946, in the ghetto of South Central Los Angeles and raised in the mountain and desert country of Alberta, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia. He spent ten years as an undergraduate, studying physics, architecture and linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Utah, and comparative literature at Indiana University, which gave him a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He had published two books of poems before entering the writing program at the University of British Columbia, which awarded him an MFA in 1975. From 1977 to 1980 he taught writing and English literature at UBC, and after that, made his living as a typographer. He has also been poet-in-residence and writer-in-residence at several universities in North America and Europe. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style is considered a standard text in its field, and Black Canoe is one of the classics in the field of Native American art history. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975.

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