Typography (book)

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Typography is book about typography written by Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris and published on 2005-07-04. It is the third volume in the Basics Design series and acts as a primer on the history, terminology, and design of typefaces. It is setup more like a magazine than a book.


I own this book and have read it.



  • The book features numerous examples of typefaces used by design companies and explains the benefits of each design.
  • All of the basics (and several not-so-basic) aspects of typeface are explained.


  • A surprisingly small number of typefaces are covered.
  • I didn't like how the authors routinely said that certain designs convey a particular meaning to the viewer. Granted, certain colors and styles fit with cultural norms, but they presented them as universal truths.


  • Nothing.