brain picking a few essential books on typography

Helvetica Subway1 copy

I’VE NOT DONE THIS BEFORE, but what the hey! To have ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion tied in with my other posts on ty­pog­raphy, I have copied and pasted an en­tire ar­ticle from Maria Popo­va’s Brain Pick­ings web­site. I have edited it so that you can read just the re­views here and move on cer­tain books, or you can do the smart thing and click on over to Maria’s site and read the whole thing as she in­tended it.


where does the comma go with quotation marks?

QuotationMarks clip art 1600

WHERE DOES THE COMMA GO when it’s within a pair of quo­ta­tion mark? Some­times it’s within the quo­ta­tion marks, some­times it’s out­side those same quote marks! Same with pe­riods! And where do colons and semi-colons go? And en-dashes and em-dashes? And what about quotes within quotes? As the old man in Moon­struck says at the end of the movie, “I’m a-confused.” READ MORE

and some other elements of typography

Typography Garamond Ampersand 1500

IN MY PREVIOUS POST,robert bringhurst and the el­e­ments of ty­po­graphic style,” ad­dressed the po­etry that the au­thor brought to his lengthy trea­tise on the his­tory and im­por­tance of ty­pog­raphy. If Bringhurst’s prose did not com­pletely hook you but at least piqued your in­terest in type, then read on, so that I may sug­gest two more books on the sub­ject. READ MORE

robert bringhurst and elements of typographic style

Bringhurst Elements poster crop

EYE-CATCHING TYPOGRAPHY has al­ways in­ter­ested me, even be­fore art classes in high school. Re­cently I did some re­search in hopes of adding some ty­po­graph­ical sparkle to my sites. I pulled sev­eral books from the li­brary, each of which was en­joy­able to read, ed­u­ca­tional, but of little as­sis­tance: the reason being that both Word­Press and the themes that I am using are lim­ited in how many of the ideas could ac­tu­ally be im­ple­mented. READ MORE