Must have books for beginners in typography

Must have books for beginners in typography

A significant part of visual design is dependent upon good typography.

It has been years since I started digging deeper into typography and along the way, I realized that a significant part of visual design is dependent upon good typography. So, I decided to share the crucial books which helped me in improving my skills and the aesthetics of my design. Below are the books that I have personally read and found helpful. This is the first of series of article in which I will share book recommendations for all aspects of typography, starting from basics to advanced type design.

1. Thinking with Type

by Ellen Lupton

This book is a gem! I started my journey into type with this book and it turned out to be a perfect choice. It gave me insights on what typography is really about with a broader perspective. If you are starting out then you should have this book with you for sure. No matter if you are getting into typography, lettering or type design.


Typography   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Lettering        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Type Design  🙂 🙂

2. Basic Typography: A Design Manual

by James Craig

This book might seem a bit outdated in the first go but it will give you real insights on how typesetting works. The information and principles shared in the book will remain the pillars of good typography no matter what the medium is. It was intended for not only the designers but non-designers as well. Once you are through the pages then you’ll speak the language of a real typographer.


Typography   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Lettering        🙂 🙂
Type Design  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

3. Detail in Typography

by Jost Hochuli

Details in typography is a quick read which taps into the core concepts of typography. If you are interested in how text should look in your designs then this will prove to be a good reference book for you.


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Lettering        ?
Type Design  ? ? ? ?

4. Complete Manual of Typography, The: A Guide to Setting Perfect Type

by James Felici

As the name suggests this book is a comprehensive on typography and if you are a designer looking for acing your typography skills then have you should have it on your desk. It is an essential reference for anyone who works with type: students, designers and print production professionals. If you have doubts about it then just check the contents of the book and you won’t have to think further. It covers a wide array of things starting from basic concepts to technical aspects of type.


Typography   ? ? ? ? ? ?
Lettering        ?
Type Design  ? ?

5. The Elements of Typographic Style

by Robert Bringhurst

Elements of typography is my bible! Robert has shared in-depth concepts about typography that are must for any good book design, editorial or interfaces. I have read it multiple times and still when I’m in doubt then I always turn the pages back and forth. I won’t recommend this to you if you have casual take on typography however if once you read it it’ll blow your mind and you’ll understand the details of every typographic element.

Typography   ? ? ? ? ? ?
Lettering        ?
Type Design  ? ? ? ? ? ?