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A Type Primerby John Kane
Synopses & Reviews
Practical and hands-on in approach, this book/exercise manual speaks clearly to beginning graphic designers and others involved with type about the complex meeting of message, image, and history surrounding typography. Focused on intent and content, not affect or style, it makes informed distinctions between what is appropriate and what is merely show (especially in terms of the "junk" often generated unenlightened by computer users). Filled with examples, exercises, and background information--and designed itself to reflect good typographic design--it guides readers systematically to the point where they can not only understand but demonstrate basic principles of typography, and thereby strengthen their own typographic instincts. Basics. Development. Letters. Words and Phrases. Text. Simple Organization. Grid Systems. For beginning graphic designers and others interested in learning the effective use of type.
A practical introduction to typography, this book analyzes the basic principles and applications of type. From measuring type and classifying typefaces to organizing text on a page and understanding grid systems, the author covers everything that the beginning student of graphic design needs to know. In addition, he includes a brief history of typography, numerous examples to illustrate the points raised, and a series of useful exercises to help readers put basic principles into practice.
Engagingly written, this book is an invaluable resource for the beginning graphic designer and a useful refresher far the more experienced one.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 194) and index.
About the Author
John Kane teaches typography and graphic design at Northeastern University and at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has been a practicing graphic designer and teacher for the last twenty-five years.
Table of Contents
Words and Phrases.
Appendix A: Macintosh Keyboard Layouts.
Appendix B: Typeface Survey.
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