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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide. Combining practical, theoretical, and historical, bringhurdt book is a must for graphic artists, editors, or anyone working with the printed page using digital or traditional methods.

Having established itself as typographuc standard in its field The Elements of Typogra Renowned typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst brings clarity to the art of typography with this masterful style guide.

Having established itself as a standard in its field The Elements of Typographic Style is house manual at most American university presses, a standard university text, and a reference work in studios of designers around the tyoographic.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Elements of Typographic Style. Lists with This Book. Mar 22, Jacob added it. 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 I am in the process of transforming myself into a book. I know it doesn’t really matter.

I know a book can easily burn or mold or be eaten by silver fish or fall apart because the paper is not archival and I don’t care. I am becoming a book. View all 5 comments. Oct 21, Ken-ichi rated it really liked it Recommended to Ken-ichi by: 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, Yes, I seriously read a typographic style manual, but believe me, it was worth it.

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, and that the entirety of your surroundings is an expression of the lesson itself.

I feel similarly about Tufte ‘s books, except there the classroom is a church, and the professor is a jerk. I picked this up as a sort of sideways approach to improving my web design planning on moving on to The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web next. I hope I absorbed a little because there’s a lot to knowbut I think the main thing I’ve learned is a finer appreciation for the discipline.

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Invisibility is the mark of almost all good design, but good typography is hard to see even when you’re looking right at it.

Words are hard not to read, but at least now I know to at least try and take a closer look. Did I mention this book is hilarious? There’s this one note on setting ragged text, in which Bringhurst cautions against giving software free reign over “an honest rag. This means fixed word spaces, no minimum line, no letterspacing, and no hyphenation beyond what is inherent in the text. In a hard rag, hyphenated linebreaks may occur in words like self-consciousnesswhich are hyphenated anyway, but they cannot occur without manual intervention in words like hyphenation or pseudosophisticationwhich aren’t.

I mean, how many ironic involutions can you fit in a paragraph?

I guess paragraphs about paragraphs provide extraordinary opportunities. I’m finding myself increasingly fascinated with and amused by expertise in all its forms, and this book is a prime example.

Parts of it are akin to reading wine labels that speak of odors and flavors you could never even imagine, let alone recognize in a glass of wine.

The specimen section is particularly wine label-like, bringhrust Bringhurst analyzes an assortment of notable typefaces.

He describes Quadraat as “not pretty; its beauty is deeper and stranger than that” p. Throw in some talk of ascenders and bicamerality and you’ve got attributes just as arcane and remarkable as “hay-scented” and “overtones of kumquat.

Nov 07, Carlos Scheidegger rated it liked it. This book convinced me that there is a lot of art in typography.

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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 typoraphic. Bringhurst has deep knowledge of typography, and the historical chapter on typefaces alone makes it worth your read.

However, in many instances he ele,ents into the trap of confusing trad This book convinced me that there is a lot of art in typography. However, in many instances he falls into the trap of confusing tradition with quality, and begs most of stylle raised questions. The chapter on page proportions, as a concrete example, is pure numerology.

His style is a little florid for my tastes, and I feel like his love of the subject matter got in the way of his exposition. If you are willing to read past rationalizations and are willing to appreciate just how much someone can love typography, and how it obviously comes through in form and function of this book, I highly recommend it.

If you are looking for a guide on specifics, perhaps only a fifth of the book will be of direct use. Jul 21, Morgane rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 What a beautiful book!

Anyone who is interested in type, words, history, design, art, and all that is good in the world should read this book.

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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.

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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, because Sure, it’s simply the best book on print bringhursr out there. Which is good, because you spend a lot of time looking at the book; the content inspires you to do just that, to learn and notice what good design and typography are.

Bringhurst has made something close to a Perfect Book, then explained how it was done. Oh, and bringhufst section on type designers and foundries is worth the price of admission alone. This may be one of the coolest books I’ve ever used. typographlc

Tyographic 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, Shyle think, learn about your tools where a tool might be a typeface or a page design, as well as a piece of softwareuse the right ones for the job, and This review appeared at a blog. Except this is not true; it is in fact shyle 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 softwareuse 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 stylf 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 brinvhurst 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 binghurst 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’.