The Elements of Typographic Style

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Hartley & Marks, 1996 - Art - 350 pages
A readable manual and reference on modern typography, exploring the art and history of the field as well as technical details. Includes bandw illustrations, a glossary, and reference appendices. This second edition includes a new chapter on digital typography, expanded information on typefaces and designers, and a deeper look into the history of letterforms. For anyone who works with type, including writers, editors, graphic artists, and desktop typographersAnnotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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I'm sure it's only the tip of the iceberg, but the book is engrossing enough that I now cast my amateur eye at any piece of text that floats my way. The author knows his stuff; better yet, he weaves ... Read full review

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"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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

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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