Thinking with Type

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Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type is a definitive guide book to properly utilizing typography in all sorts of media, whether it be on paper, or on a screen.


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Thinking with Type
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Thinking with Type

If you don’t know this book and are a designer, you are missing out

Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type is a definitive guide book to properly utilizing typography in all sorts of media, whether it be on paper, or on a screen. This second revised edition adds forty-eight pages of new content, including the latest information on style sheets for both print and web use, the use of ornaments and captions, the use of small caps and enlarged capitals, as well as information on captions, font licensing, mixing typefaces, and even hand lettering.

It’s layout stands out in my library as some of the most gorgeously set pages. The explanations of typographic styles, both modern and historic, is foundational and critical to understanding the why’s of typographic design.

Thinking with Type

Thinking with Type. Pretty cover, lots of great stuff inside. For real.

The previous edition of Thinking with Type has already proven itself to be an indispensable tool to anyone who is serious about graphic layout. Now, with its additional content, it has become an even better resource for graphically inclined people.

The book is packed with outstanding information; containing many well-written essays on letters, texts, grids, followed by specific do’s and don’t’s, as well as ideas/exercises to consider—all without being too strict and boring. It really allows you to make your own decisions on how you are to display your typography and helps you understand how to make those decisions competently.

I mean, just look at this beautiful page of typography. I don't know about you, but I've never made anything so cool looking :)

I mean, just look at this beautiful page of typography. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never made anything so cool looking :)

It is easy to comprehend even for beginners, and also contains a lot of resources that anyone—from a design novice to graphic maestro—will find useful.

Also, what is a design book with has bad layout? Thinking with Type’s formatting is beyond easy on the eyes — it is downright inspiring. I loved the way it was organized and this new revision flows from idea to idea in a way that makes each new concept easy to digest.

Gettin' all western with it

Gettin’ all western with it

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Thinking with Type leaps well past the basic standard of graphic design books. Seriously, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

The overall graphic design, nature, and construction of the book are eye-catching and appealing. Each section in the book builds on the previous, meaning learning with the book is going to be much easier and smoother compared to other ones. Ellen Lupton (check her other stuff out, lots of amazing books) managed to combine great insights with fun, modern ideas, making the book an enjoyable read from start to finish.

Considering the price that it comes in, Thinking with Type is a must-have not only for budding graphic designers and professionals who wish to improve themselves further, but also people who love collecting useful knowledge.

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