A large list of typography books



The holidays are coming!

I don’t know about all of you, but my family always tells me I am so hard to buy. I never feel like that though. I like art! food! music! technology! bikes! does things! uh. candles! However, one thing tends to work: books.

If someone I know makes an effort to choose a book that they think I will like, I cherish this. One type of book that I never tire of are typography books. In a sense, you are getting double for your money. A typography book has no choice but to have an amazingly typography itself, so as you read and learn you dwell on the composition of the book itself. Even though I bet it goes against what the authors want! They always say that a good typography shouldn’t draw attention to itself but get out of the way. Still, in an educational context, I think we can admire in complete safety.

I think a large part of the population would appreciate a book on typography. Even if they are not typographers or designers, the typeface is a kind of art and I would say most people love art. Even Kayne famous gets emotional about the fonts.

So whatever your reason for browsing typography books, here’s a great list. I literally own all of them, so don’t give me gift ideas 😉

Web Typography by Richard Rutter

This one is just off the press, it just came out in August 2017!

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Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin

Almost new, Matej’s book just came out in July!

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On the Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria

If you’ve been following the web design industry for some time, you’re probably already a big fan of Jason santa maria.

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A Pocket Guide to Combining Fonts by Tim Brown

Tim is Head of Typography at Typekit!

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Elements of the Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

If any book on this list can be considered the ultimate classic, this is it.


Think with the guy

The Ellen Lupton classic makes all the must-read typography readings I’ve ever seen. The official site is more of a companion site with a lot of information.

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Our best-selling book of all time is now available in a revised and expanded second edition. Thinking with Type is the definitive guide to using typography in visual communication, from the printed page to the computer screen. This revised edition includes forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on stylesheets for print and the web, use of ornaments and captions, double and unlined numbers, usage small caps and enlarged caps, as well as information on captions, font licensing, font mixing and hand lettering. Throughout the book, visual examples show how to be inventive in typographic form systems, what the rules are, and how to break them. Thinking with Type is a type book for everyone: designers, writers, editors, students, and anyone else who works with words. Thinking with Type’s popular online companion (www.thinkingwithtype.com) has been revised to reflect new material in the second edition.

Type Anatomy by Stephen Coles

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Students and professionals in any creative field can benefit from a good typographic eye. The Anatomy of Type (published in the UK as The Geometry of Type) takes a closer look at the letters. Through visual diagrams and handy descriptions, you’ll learn to distinguish related fonts and see how attributes of letter shapes (such as contrast, detail, and proportion) affect mood, readability, and use. of each policy. Aside from the nutritional value, spreads full of fat guys also make delicious eye candy.

Typography for lawyers by Matthew Butterick

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Originally published with great success in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to typography essentials specifically for lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, a lawyer and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with great typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily.

Butterick graduated from Harvard in Design and Typography. He started his career as a font designer in Boston. At the start of the Internet age, Butterick started Atomic Vision, a web design company in San Francisco. He later attended UCLA Law School and was called to the California Bar. In 2012, Butterick received the Legal Writing Institute’s Golden Pen Award for Typography for Lawyers.

Butterick’s other projects include Practical Typography, an online book (practicaltypography.com), Equity, Concourse, Triplicate, and Advocate fonts, and Pollen, an eBook publishing software (pollenpub.com).


I asked my friend Robin Rendle, who is quite a typographer and typist, his favorite books on typography. A tough question for him, but he narrowed it down to three. He agreed with me on Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type and gave me these two more:

Shady characters of Keith Houston

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Whether it’s investigating the asterisk

and the dagger (†) – which alternately illuminated and spit out heretical verses from the early Bible – or the acrobatic sign (@), which languished in darkness for centuries until it was saved by the Internet, Keith Houston draws on a myriad of sources to trace the life and times of these enigmatic scribbles, both exotic (¶) and everyday (&).

Counterpunch by Fred Smeijers Official site


Counterpunch is full of ideas. This is both an investigation of the techniques of hand-crafted metallic type making and a review of current issues in type design. The discussion covers the fundamentals of letter design and making, so that the book can be read as a guide to building type and fonts in any medium. Vivid and sharp drawings and photographs complete an equally fresh text.

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