The Complete Manual of Typography

***** May142009

This book is dangerous. There is enough well-presented information in this volume to set you on the path to typography snobbery, and in this age of Word, fast and cheap self-publishing, DIY advertising, etc., you’ll start seeing horrendous “type-crimes” everywhere that will drive you nuts.

There is not much to be said about this book except that it is, indeed, a successful and complete manual of typography, full of usable rules of thumb, best practices, etc., regarding common typographical quandaries. For example, what are the various options for setting an extract, or “blockquote” in the web design world, off from the main text? Answered on page 221.

Relevance to web design

While this book does contain valuable information for web designers, almost thankfully a lot of what Felici prescribes is not even possible on the web. I say thankfully because, while I want textual content to be legible and readable on the web, I don’t relish working out fussy “H&J” (hyphenation and justification) settings for every piece of text. No browser would agree on its implementation anyway…

In Conclusion

This book is an excellent read and reference volume for any designer, print or web.

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Author(s)Jim Felici
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