The Elements of Typographic Style

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 prRenowned 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.
The Elements of Typographic Style 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

  • Title: The Elements of Typographic Style
  • Author: Robert Bringhurst
  • ISBN: 9780881792065
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Elements of Typographic Style”

    1. I am in the process of transforming myself into a book. In order to do that, I am having my spine surgically removed and removed and replaced with a smyth sewn binding. My skin is being stripped off in large patches and replaced with 12 pt cardstock with a four color cover and scuffless matte film lamination. I have hired a designer to come up with a treatment for my textual body. I can't take it anymore. Someone please take me off of the shelf and put me in your lap. I know it doesn't really ma [...]

    2. Yes, I seriously read a typographic style manual, but believe me, it was worth it. Not only is this a detailed, informative, and surpassingly witty survey of typography, but it's simply a beautiful book to hold and to read. It's a bit like taking an introductory lesson from a friendly architecture professor, learning about intricacies and critical minutia you had never before considered, and slowly realizing your teacher designed the room, the building, perhaps even the chair you're sitting in, [...]

    3. This book convinced me that there is a lot of art in typography. It convinced me that good typography can make a big difference in how good text looks in a page. And it definitely convinced me that Robert Bringhurst is a stellar typographer. But it hasn't convinced me that he can convey this knowledge effectively. Bringhurst has deep knowledge of typography, and the historical chapter on typefaces alone makes it worth your read. However, in many instances he falls into the trap of confusing trad [...]

    4. What a beautiful book! It almost doesn't matter what this book was about, because it was so thoughtfully laid out and lovely to read, which is in itself a testament to great typography. But the content was equally good. I learned so much about type, from the mundane technical details to the influence of language and politics. Bringhurst's little jokes and anecdotes are the cherry on top.Anyone who is interested in type, words, history, design, art, and all that is good in the world should read t [...]

    5. Sure, it's simply the best book on print typography out there. That's nice, I suppose, but the content of this book pales in comparison to its form. It's a book on book design that serves as its own case study in effective design. There's not a thing about this book as a book I don't love—the design incorporates so many little touches (marginal notes, a lay-flat spine on a paperback, proper paragraph layout, dead-on perfect justification) that it's a joy just to look at it.Which is good, becau [...]

    6. This review appeared at a blog.Here. There's a certain incongruity in writing about The Elements of Typographic Style, a book about how to design books, using my Alphasmart Neo, which gives me five narrow rows of heavily pixelated characters. Except this is not true; it is in fact completely in keeping, because one of Bringhurst's messages is, I think, learn about your tools (where a tool might be a typeface or a page design, as well as a piece of software), use the right ones for the job, and u [...]

    7. Aside from some mystical mumbo jumbo about the pseudoscience of golden ratios in page layout, this is a brilliant, succinct, and comprehensive guide to typographical best practices. Skip Chapter 8 and this guide will serve you well.

    8. I didn’t finish this because it was far more technical and went deeper into the art of type than I feel I will ever need. Almost a textbook for a professional. However, everything I did read and understand, I loved. The precision and richness of information that goes into setting text on a surface is breathtaking. Glad I know a bit more about it now.

    9. Within a short time after completing my formal education and entering my profession, I became rather painfully aware that my training in the art and craft of typography had been sorely lacking in many respects. There is an incredibly rich history and a fascinating set of accepted principles and rules which govern typography, the skillful use of letterforms and typeset matter which is a very important sub-discipline of graphic design. These were practically occult to me early in my career. I had [...]

    10. As the title clearly indicates, Bringhurst sets out to do for Typography what Strunk and White’s Elements of Style did for writing: condense the vast array of typographic rules into one thorough reference manual. Of course, the role of typography has vastly expanded over the past century, and the typographic rules for billboards are entirely different from those for websites. Wisely, Bringhurst restricts himself primarily to one form: the book.Within that field, the Elements does a wonderful j [...]

    11. The Elements of Typographic Style is pretty much the bible for its field. I read it some time ago (it was first published in 1992) and decided to revisit it recently. Bringhurst writes with clarity, passion and humour. He loves the printed word and celebrates when it is presented with grace and beauty. So do I. The printing museums in Antwerp and Lyon have both enthralled me.Bringhurst's aim for typographers is to "induce a state of energetic repose which is the ideal condition for reading." He [...]

    12. Part Tufte design book, part Chicago Manual of Style, part encyclopedia of fonts. Wonderful book for anyone interested in design.The book can be read in one of two ways:1) This book is pretentious! When the author describes a poor choice of margins as abuse of your publication's readers, he is clearly exaggerating the importance of his field.2) Typography is an old field that, unlike modern UX, which continues to abuse software users with poor application design, has already figured out the rule [...]

    13. An incredibly comprehensive journey through the art and science of typography. Written with a poetic edge, the book is a romantic embrace of the world of type. The text often borders on grandiloquence, sometimes resulting in a loss of clarity, but the practical applications, and the author's overriding passion for the subject, justify this book's reputation as a classic of the field.

    14. A testament to the very craft that it talks about. Makes you appreciate what goes into making a book so much and proves that every craft can be art.

    15. Este libro fue mi introducción formal al mundo de la tipografía y creo que acierta en lo fundamental, establecer los elementos básicos que forman la composición tipográfica en todos y cada uno de sus aspectos. Se vuelve en una auténtica obra de referencia que comprende definiciones y sugerencias básicas para cualquier persona que trabaje con tipografías, ya sean diseñadores, editores, impresores, estudiantes, aficionados, etc.Que si bien uno puede no estar de acuerdo en algunas sugerenc [...]

    16. This was the first text I ever read with regards to typography. Although some concepts still muddle my head (I'm mildly asleep during my morning commute), I found it was thoroughly informational, it and has given me a new appreciation to typography (and [book] design/publishing). A curious thing, however, in my opinion, is that Bringhurst mentioned that having some white, blank pages at the end of the book was a good thing, and yet there wasn't a single one in his! His book looked so visually de [...]

    17. Вау!Це, звісно, не для світського ознайомлення праця, але якщо б Вас часом, леді і джентельмени, зацікавила історія шрифтів, їх створення, їх змісту та власне, ким бачать себе (натхненні, відданні і свідомі типографи), то це ідеальне поєдання цих аспектів. Автор дуже тонко под [...]

    18. This book This book is not surprising the 'typographer's bible'. Yes, perhaps this is a big statement but it is a very very concise and yet descriptive manual to typography for everybody interested in the craft.I am glad I didn't read it too early. Taking your time with it seems like a better idea. I want to purchase it for myself so I have a copy to refer to in the future.

    19. Само издание лучше всего подтверждает тезис Брингхерста, что типографика — искусство. Книга о традициях и ремесле с совершенно неожиданными метафорами, и она скорее отвечает на вопрос «почему», а не «как». Редкая по своей глубине вещь.

    20. The most magnificently readable, and re-readable, book on typography I've yet encountered. Works perfectly as a book to keep on your desk to turn to in an idle moment, and is itself a beautiful thing.

    21. Probably the best book on typography and layout ever written. It should be noted that this book, although it spends significant space discussing fonts and spacing, also has in-depth analyses of formatting issues that are central to the creation of nearly every book. Bringhurst is a genius, and in spots he conveys information about layout and formatting that at first appears paradoxical or at odds with conventional thinking. In other places, as noted by another reviewer, he appears to suffer from [...]

    22. This book contains more than I’ve ever wanted to know about typography. It describes not only how to use fonts, but also how to create them, explaining the math and science involved in font design. It also describes techniques for laying out text on pages. It reveals the history of typography from the days of clay and early paper, to the invention of the printing press, to modern digital typography. Bringhurst has a relaxing, elegant writing style that’s a pleasure to read.I wanted to read a [...]

    23. This book is about the craft of designing beautiful books. It was written by a bibliophile for bibliophiles and is the most beautiful book that I have ever held. It is an exemplar of the typographers art. On first sight a book about typography should be dry and dull - the author himself describes typography as the most conservative of arts. However, Mr Bringhurst writes with brevity, clarity and wit, and uses the most evocative of imagery in his writing. As an example:Typography, like other arts [...]

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