Designing Type (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/5/19
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One of the most essential tools of graphic design, typography influences the appearance of visual print materials perhaps more than any other component. This essential book explains the processes behind creating and designing type. Author Karen Cheng discusses issues of structure, optical compensation, and legibility, with special emphasis given to the often overlooked relationships between letters and shapes in font design.
"Cheng’s Designing Type is a comprehensive, systematic guide to the complexities of letters and how they fit together. . . . It’s visually ordered and orderly, which helps to organize the complex information and make it accessible. . . . For a practical approach to designing letters today, Designing Type may be the most useful single tool available. It looks like a book that will have a long life."―John D. Berry, Arcade Magazine
"This book provides a meticulous guide to the technical aspects of creating fitting fonts."―Dwell
"With careful examination, the casual reader will not look at print the same way again. To graphic-designers, who specialize in typography, this book is an invaluable reference guide."―Doug Ing, International Examiner
The book goes analyzes common Latin glyphs (you won't find Vietnamese in here) from classic typefaces and points out details in their construction. There is a serif section and a sans serif section. The book does not say much about Italic type, just Roman.
Really beautiful to look at, and very informative to read.
I own many books on typography, and they have all been collecting dust since I got my hands on Karen Cheng's Designing Type. If you are designing your first typeface, get it now. I cant tell you how many times I find a difficult letter and turn to Designing Type. Any typeface designer has dissected fonts revealing the system and subtle variations with awe, Designing Type is a fantastic collection of comparisons, deconstructions, and letterform evolutions. Designing letterforms is extremely difficult and tedious and I can admit I never would have finished my first typeface or designed a second without Designing Type at my side. What I love about this book is how well it teaches you letter-by-letter, this format not only works for instruction but reference.
The book provides the essentials and foundation of type design, which, don't get me wrong, is a lot. Designing Type does not really cover the creative side of type design, rather it puts classics under a microscope shedding light on systems; but, as they say in typeface design, creativity is in the system. Get it!