The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography (Thames & Hudson Manuals) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1992/4/1
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Examines the use of filmsetting, hot metal, and computers in setting type and how these systems have influenced book design
The beginning has a decent introduction to the history of typography and typefaces.
The middle part concerns itself with working around the constraints of metal or copyediting before word processing systems became commonplace. If nothing else, it should give us a renewed appreciation of how much tedious labor computers save us, such as not having to count characters to find out how many pages will be required.
The final part on layout for stationery, books and magazines is pretty good, but not very systematic, and carries the same war story flavor as the section on recommended tools.
All in all, this book has some interesting information, but I would not recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to produce beautiful documents out of his desktop publishing setup. Robin Williams's "The PC is not a typewriter", Robert Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographical Style" or even Donald Knuth's books on computers and typography are better choices in this respect.
Some areas of knowledge are hard to convey in text, and my knowledge of printing is little improved by this book, but I'll forgive that; the essentials of design are covered very well.
One's judgement of a book obviously depends on what one is seeking. For those who are merely curious or interested in historical typography, as opposed to professionally involved in modern typography, I heartily recommend "The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography".