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Typography

Many, many people, who are far more qualified than I, have written about this fantastic subject. So I don’t embarrass myself with my excessively bad writing ability I will list here some great resources, that some other people have wrote. There are websites, books even films.

If you want to know more about typography (and why the hell wouldn't you?) there will hopefully be something here for you.

I'm Comic Sans, Asshole.

I'm Comic Sans, Asshole.

By Mike Lacher

Comic Sans fights back! With this stinging retaliation to the typography world. An excessively funny and satirical look at the sometimes pompous attitudes in typography.

I particularly liked the comparisons to other typefaces. Well worth a read!

I'm Comic Sans, Asshole.
Typekit

Typekit

www.typekit.com

Add a line of code to your web-pages and choose from hundreds of fonts. Simple, bulletproof, standards compliant, accessible, and totally legal.

Unsure how exactly this works! But worth a look into.

Typekit
Type Trumps 1 & 2

Type Trumps 1 & 2

Rick Banks

Hilarious! Font Farts! Not really. Instead a version of Top Trumps that you can play with your fellow designers, feel free to play with other folk who aren't graphic bods, but the highlight of the game then is watching the bafflement on their faces. I like my packs of Type Trumps, nice way of padding out some typeface knowledge.

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Elements of Typographic Style

Elements of Typographic Style

Robert Bringhurst

The Big Daddy of the typographical books. I smile everytime I look at this book. If you like typography then you’ve probably already got it. If you don’t have it, good luck as it can be hard to find, good place to start though would be Amazon 2nd hand sellers and Ebay. Buy it, Mr Bringhurst needs rewarding.

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Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works

Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works

Erik Spiekermann & E.M. Ginger

Two fonts walk into a bar, Erik Spiekermann looks up, be-littles them for not being proper typefaces and they both run out crying. Spiekermann tells us how it’s done in this great introduction to the subject.

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Typophile

Typophile

www.typophile.com

Great place to ID a typeface. Look through the forums, there are soooo many generous people here sharing their knowledge. I like to look through this site while eating a sandwich at work...

Typophile
Typographica

Typographica

www.typographica.org

Typographica is a review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design.

Typographica
Arial or Helvetica?

Arial or Helvetica?

www.iliveonyourvisits.com/helvetica/

Nice little quiz which helps you identify the differences between these two typefaces.

Arial or Helvetica?
Modern Typography an essay in critical history

Modern Typography an essay in critical history

Robin Kinross

Phew... this book is heavy going, but it’s worth it. A amazing record of the history of type, from someone who cleary knows their beans!

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webtypography

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

www.webtypography.net

Worth a look through

webtypography
Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Grid Systems in
Graphic Design

Josef Müller-Brockmann

The grid explained by The Man. I was going to name my cat after this guy, but my girlfriend said no. Then I found out that Build fella had named his funny looking bald cat Brockmann, so I didn’t feel so bad about it.

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Helvetica (DVD)

Helvetica (DVD)

Gary Hustwit

Interviews with some great designers, some of which who don’t actually like the typeface. The history of Helvetica, footage of it being used, lovely backing music. And Micheal Beirut saying Period! And prodding his desk. Great times!

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MS-Studio

MS-Studio

www.ms-studio.com/articles.html

'The Scourge Of Arial'. Lose yourself in Mr. Simonson’s amazingly detailed origins of Arial and how it came to exist... everywhere...

MS-Studio
Rookledge's Classic International Typefinder

Rookledge's Classic International Typefinder

Christopher Perfect & Gordon Rookledge

Good resource to look through, confused by the inclusion of Transport but not DIN though. The book itself really helps with picking up typography terminology. I particularly like the typeface designers’ bios at the back of the book

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Full combined font survey results

Full combined font survey results

www.codestyle.org

Technical jiggyery-pokery to help you find out the most common fonts installed on user's machines.

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The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Books

The Non-Designer’s Design & Type Books

Robin Williams

Peppered with foul artwork this book looks awful. But there are some saving graces. It explains terminology and process in a very clear manner. A great tool for trying to break down the barrier with the Sales team.

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Grid Systems: Principle of Organizing Type

Grid Systems: Principle of Organizing Type

Kimberly Elam

How to use a grid and how a grid is used. Examples in the book have nice transparent overlay page before them so you can see the structure of the grid used. I have read this book once, but I do go back to it as a visual reference.

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