Bringhurst, Robert. The elements of typographic style I. Robert Bringhurst. - 3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN -. Start by marking “The Elements of Typographic Style” as Want to Read: Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. He is the author of The Elements of Typographic Style – a reference book of typefaces. Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. "The Elements of Typographic Style" is a compact yet erudite handbook on typography and graphic design. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style is considered.
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Examples of all key typefaces are provided, precisely and helpfully organized.
International symbols and characters are covered. I cannot think of any relevant topic that is not completely covered. You can easily get from it some narrow bit of information critical to your needs. Or you can use it to generally educate yourself. Or, like me, you can get a grasp of options and choices you need to make if you want to present your writings the best way possible.
Hardcover Verified download. This is a book that really helped pique my interest in typography back when the first edition was published. I was actually looking to download Bringhurst's forthcoming book about Palatino, but did not find it on the site site. This was a first for me. Not finding anything on site. I was able to order the Bringhurst book directly from the Book Club of California.
I liked Elements enough that when I noticed the forthcoming title, I looked to download it. Robert Bringhurst is also a published poet, by the way. I find that writers with strong backgrounds in poetry tend to write well and seem to love words and type as much as I do. I bought this 20th anniversary edition to back up my wearing out early edition.
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This may be one of the coolest books I've ever used. Jul 19, Darren Goossens rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review appeared at a blog.
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 This review appeared at a blog.
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 use them well.
For producing plain text the Neo is the right tool; it is not the right tool for designing a page or driving tent pegs. Bringhurst's book is a modern classic and a 'review' is at best redundant, so instead I'll just make a handful of random comments and saying that lots of people should read it. But how do you recognise the needs of the text and design a page and choose type accordingly?
Surely there are essentially three parts to mastery of most things: I apologise for the crudity, but the idiomatic force is irresistible. Sticking to the subject of typography, thanks to computers 1 is now not an issue for most of us. Where once the physical act of setting type was a skill in itself, even apart from getting the subtleties right, now we can get a first pass just by bunging text into a program, whether InDesign or Quark or LaTeX or whatever, and we can get on with 2 and 3.
These require an educated eye and a brain that knows a few rules and tools for finding solutions to design issues, and it is here that this book is so very useful. Educators can argue about the value of highly prescriptive guides. Do the strangle creativity? Are they even correct? How much of it is purely subjective? A good prescriptive guide should at least give the beginner something sound to start with, and doing what Bringhurst suggests will get you most of the way to a useful, usable result.
Deeper mastery will tell you when even Robert Bringhurst should be ignored. It's a bit like Orwell's five rules for writing, which are all definite and clear, and then at the end are followed by 'Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous'. On the first meeting it is nice to admire it and appreciate its many good qualities. But its main task is to let me engage with the text.
Bringhurst makes this point over and again. The typography serves the text. It is of course very well designed, and extremely informative. Maybe the typographic Gideons could make sure a copy shows up in the desk drawer of everyone charge with flanging together the office newsletter. Bringhurst edited the English translation, as it turns out. The two have much in common, including a pragmatism that grounds them and makes them at once useful and inspiring.
I'm sure that will be fixed in version 4. Should I email the publisher? No, someone will have told them by now Feb 12, Alexey rated it it was amazing. A perfect book about books. Astounding attention to details. La domanda sembra strana ma Grazie ai tipografi e agli stampatori! Five stars, if not out of enjoyment, than for sheer quality. I find it difficult to imagine a text of typography more brimming in style and grace than this one.
The font guide at the very end is gorgeous and invaluable. This one's for anyone with even a bit of interest in the matter. At times accessible or inaccessible, what more could you ask for? 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. Dec 20, Akshay Bakshi rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Dec 06, Manux Xunam rated it it was amazing.
View 2 comments. 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 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.
I had some vague sense that they were floating around out there and that others were aware of them and made good use of them, but they were as yet undiscovered by me. After I languished for a couple of years or so in this state, a helpful co-worker eternal thanks, Jade! I would say that its contribution to my career has been inestimable, though I have by no means begun to exhaust the vast store of knowledge on the subject and am always captivated to learn more. There are those who will assert that rules have nothing whatever to do with aesthetic enterprises, to which I say Hogwash!
Of course I will grant that the rules have to be employed with a rather loose grip and a free hand, especially when it comes to aesthetics. But even one intent upon bending or breaking the rules which is appropriate and even obligatory from time to time must understand them thoroughly if it is to be done with thoughtfulness and effectiveness. This is true, incidentally, with respect to literature, poetry, music and any other art form as much as it is within the visual arts.
In my opinion, these have more to do with what is left unsaid than what is said. Some of the reviews on site. I would particularly Amen! Hopefully the author can address these in a future edition. That said, I would consider this a must-have book for every graphic designer and a handsome edition to the library of anyone who has even a casual interest in typography. Oct 07, Matt rated it really liked it.
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: Within that field, the Elements does a wonderful job of exploring the minutiae that most normal readers never notice, such as kerning adjusting the spacing between certain pairs of letters which, if spaced the same as other letters in the font, would read as either too tight or too wide — example: But for the rest of us, the strong views help create a clarifying lens, a new tool with which we can understand another little corner of the world.
The Elements of Typographic Style is pretty much the bible for its field. I read it some time ago it was first published in 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.
Much of the other fifty per cent resides in its margins. I'll close with a quote about one of my pet peeves when I'm editing: Generations of twentieth-century typists were then taught to do the same, by hitting the spacebar twice after every period. Your typing as well as your typesetting will benefit from unlearning this quaint Victorian habit. May 17, Andrew rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: 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. The book includes: Read it! Mar 13, Hinch rated it really liked it. 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.