Best resources to learn typography
This post is frequently updated with new resources on type!
Typographic arrangement and composition, appropriately selected fonts, indents or line spacing may be decisive whetever your project will receive a positive feedback and be readable. Where to gain typographic knowledge in order to avoid mistakes and make your projects stand out? We devided to help! Here’s a list of great sources about typography, building letters, combining fonts, and other topics related to lettering. We encourage students and laymen to start your adventure with typography from these sources, while professional designers are invited to refresh their knowledge. Let’s start with some book classics:
Texts on Type: Critical writings on typography
Anthology of more than 50 important, known as well as rare texts written by critics, historians and designers about the history, aesthetics, and practice of type design and typography, collected by Steven Heller and Philip B. Meggs.
Book typography. A designer’s manual.
A must have for those who want to design books. A complete guide with examples, analysis and recommendations as well as prepress techniques and binding. No boring and redundant descriptions.
The Elements of Typographic Style
Master guide on typography written by typographer and poet Robert Bringhurst. Practice, theory and history in one book.
An absolute must have.
Thinking with Type
A best-seller by Ellen Lupton “Thinking With Type” is a book about history of typography, grids and letteforms. A guide on visual communication from printing
to digital type.
Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Those two volumes beautifully published by Taschen is a history
of designing typefaces and an overview of the most elegant fonts in publishing history. You will find examples of lithography, calligraphy, letters and various inscriptions. The first volume covers the period from before the twentieth century, while the second volume is an overview since 1900 to the mid-twentieth century.
Detail in Typography
Book by Jost Hochuli, a Swiss designer and typographer. Short
and concisely written piece about layout, letter, line spacing and readability.
Interactive Guide to Blog Typography
Tips and tricks on typohraphy layout, size, color and fonts. Oh, but remember: good typography can’t save bad content.
Checklist for Better Web Typography
The following checklist serves to summarize the major points and to help you ensure you’ve done all you should before finalizing any web site you are creating.
Professional Web Typography
Donny Truong’s Professional Web Typography is just about everything you’d want in a starter text for learning about type on the web — and best of all, he practices what he preaches with the type selection and placement.
- Sally Kerrigan, Content Editor at TypeKit
A practical guide about typography, composition, typefaces by Matthew Butterick. You can start with a 10 minute tutorial that will instantly make you a better designer than 95% of them!
The 3D Type Book
Book written by Agathe Jacquillat and Tomi Vollauschek is
a collection of the best-known
and most important spatial typographic projects. The book contains more than 1,300 images, 300 projects and 160 designers, like: Segmeister Inc., Milton Glaser, Louis Danziger or Paul Elliman.
The 3D Type Book
On Skillshare you will find tutorials on calligraphy, hand lettering, typographic designs or logos. Heads up — only now Skillshare gives its premium account only for $0.99 for 3 months! (only new members)
A Crash Course in Typography
For those who don’t want to buy books (although we stronly encourage
you to expand your library) — we found places online. On Noupe you will find a few quite extensive courses, like: The basics of type, Paragraphs and special characters, Principles of combining Typefaces, and Pulling it all together.
Typography — Smashing Magazine
A series of great articles about typography from Smashing Magazine.
A few examples to start with: Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies,Making Sense Of Type Classification, The Good, The Bad And The Great Examples Of Web Typography, Size Matters: Balancing Line Length And Font Size In Responsive Web Design, or 10 Principles For Readable Web Typography.
Typewolf shows fonts used on certain websites to should your creative juices flowing. You will also find font recommendations, font information and tips on type.
I love typography
Popular blog of a British writer and typography lover John Boardley. You will find interviews, news from the world of fonts, the history of typography, reviews and much more great material.
Combinings Fonts: 4 techniques
Hoefler&Co shared their 4 techniques on how to combine fonts.
Type Radio is podcasting since 2005, you will find valuable interviews with type designers discussing typography issues, talking about their experiences and projects.
Guide to Open Type
MagnetStudio wrote a brief guide on why you might want to reach for Open Type fonts.
Typographic encyclopedia, where you can find information about fonts and their history. There’s also info about type classification and anatomy of letters.
TypeDrawer is a great way to exchange information and get to know the answers for bothering questions. Everything is categorized and tagged, so you can get answers fast.
A review of typefaces and type books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design.
Typefaces that work together
The best font combinations provided by Will Harris. Alphabetical index.
After selecting a font from the list the site will find a perfect match. It is unfortunate that there isn’t a lot of fonts yet, looking forward for more!
100 best fonts
In June 2015 FontShop has released “100 best fonts” collection. This list serves as a good reference for designers and typographers.
On Myfonts you will find the best fonts to buy. You can also use
WhatTheFont application, through which you can identify fonts from the uploaded image.
Type-scale will help you determine typographic hierarchy. Just choose a font size for the paragraph and then choose scale.
A collection of the most interesting posts about typography from Top Authors appearing on the web: new fonts, inspiring sites, new tools, etc.
Stay sharp you folks! Collection of organized references to articles, books, websites, talks, and more. About type, of course.
Hope this post will put you on the right, typographic track to be a better designer! Go and get to know your type!