eight books for the typography obsessed


Top Ten TuesdayWhen I saw the topic for this today’s Top Ten Tuesday {hosted weekly by the lovely bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish}, I knew exactly which books my list would consist of. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books I’d Give to Readers Who Have Never Read X,” and as someone who loves graphic design, I thought I would share some of my favorite choices having to do with fonts! Whether you want to try out hand-lettering {if that’s the case, we would make excellent friends}, are interested in the history and background of type {it’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself}, or are just in search of gorgeous examples of typography {yay!}, these eight books should and do fit the bill.

Books for the Typography Obsessed1 / Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton For those just getting into type, Ellen Lupton’s extensive book is my first recommendation. Covering everything from font choice, kerning, and alignment, Lupton goes into great detail so that even the newest of designers have a solid base to build upon. I also think it’s an excellent read for even the most experienced of designers – a quick brush-up never hurts, right?!

2 / The Scrapbooker’s Handwriting Workshop by Crystal Jeffrey Rieger Artistic readers will appreciate this “workbook” of sorts. Not only does the author explain the basic anatomy of fonts, she also shows readers how they can improve upon their handwriting for creative projects {scrapbooking is the most obvious, but I’ve used what I learned from the book in school projects, cards, and my dry-erase calendar too!}.

3 / Hyperactivitypography from A to Z by Studio 3 I adore this fun and well-designed book! Although there’s little to actually read, you’ll learn a lot from the dozens of activities included throughout the book. Whether you’re matching up the years of when different typefaces were first created or sketching out your own letterforms, you will quickly see that sometimes active practice is the best way to go.

4 / A History of Graphic Design for Rainy Days by Studio 3 Studio 3 rocks at making books that are fun to read and look at. I believe that knowing a basic history of any chosen interest or hobby can be beneficial, but this especially applies in the case of graphic design. Learning about the different eras and designers will form an appreciation that can’t come out of merely practicing hand-lettering. Did I mention that this one is interactive too? :)

5 / Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms by Alex Fowkes I mentioned this book recently, but I can’t recommend it enough! Filled with interviews with famous graphic designers and exercises for you to try on your own, Fowkes clearly knows his stuff. Furthermore, you’ll gain a lot from seeing the variety of handwritten type in the world.

6 / Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd This one is primarily aimed at elementary school kids, but teens and adults will still like this bright and useful guide. Kidd goes into great detail about the basic elements of graphic design, and for those who are just starting out, I think this would be a great reference to have on hand. Book lovers may also like seeing all of the book covers Kidd designed; I know I did :)

7 / Draw Your Own Alphabets: Thirty Fonts to Scribble, Sketch, and Make Your Own by Tony Seddon Like The Scrapbooker’s Handwriting Workshop, this book is more of a workbook than anything else, but what makes it stand out is the helpful steps for working with your fonts on the computer. The different font styles are winners too, as are the grid pages for practice.

8 / Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory Finally, this book not only has an adorable name, it’s helpful and inspiring for beginners! I love the wide variety of styles that Emily Gregory includes, and those more than make up for the lack of technical “how-to’s.”

Have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday!



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