The elements of typographic style

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Hartley & Marks, Publishers, 2004 - Design - 382 pages
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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 exploration of the newest innovations in intelligent font technology, and is a must-have for graphic artists, editors, or anyone working with the printed page using digital or traditional methods.

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I love this book...the layout, design and format. - Goodreads
Great for reference as well - Goodreads
... but the actual prose was bloated and annoying. - Goodreads
A primer, a reference guide, a transformational portal. - Goodreads
... plus, bringhurst is a great writer. - Goodreads
The bible for book and font design. - Goodreads
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I have spent the last months reading dozens of books on typography, and now I just wished I had read this one first because (almost) all the information I collected from the other books can be found in this one, and different to many of the others, this one is actually fun to read.

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You can read it as a bed time story! Read it on an e-reader which doesn't do the book justice in terms of displaying fonts or certain pictures - but a good read none the less. Read full review


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About the author (2004)

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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