Welcome to the Spines. If you’re interested in lettering and typeface design, these books are K-Type’s recommendations for their fonty usefulness and inspirational clout.

Designing Type

Designing Type

The must-have book for type designers. Well-written, wonderfully informative and beautifully designed with big, clearly-labelled illustrations.

The Elements of Typographic Style

The Elements of Typographic Style

A handsome classic that is both technical and philosophical. Plenty of gems for type designers as well as typographers.

From Gutenberg to Opentype

From Gutenberg to Opentype

An absorbing and attractively-designed history of type that assesses some key typefaces and relates them to wider historical changes.

Fontographer

Fontographer

Easy-to-read companion to the Fontographer manual with plenty of excellent advice from an experienced type designer.

The Geometry of Type

The Geometry of Type

Insightful, well-illustrated analysis of a hundred old and new typefaces, with suggested uses for each, plus an enlightening explanation of type classifications.

Encyclopaedia of Typefaces

Encyclopaedia of Typefaces

A compendium of two thousand significant and useful fonts with information about style, designer, foundry and date.

Type Specific

Type Specific

Design briefs and solutions for over sixty custom typefaces each created for a specific function or identity.

20th-Century Type

20th-Century Type

A decade by decade exploration of the type and typography of the last century. Intelligent and informative.

Typology

Typology

A trip through time depicting and describing the development of typographic styles from country to country.

A Typographic Workbook

A Typographic Workbook

This fascinating course for students of typography has appeal for anyone interested in the history of lettering and using type.

Lettering & Type

Lettering & Type

An engaging type design primer with tips from some established designers and exercises for beginners.

Thinking With Type

Thinking With Type

An enthusiastically written and engagingly readable introduction to the fundamentals of typography.

Typography Sketchbooks

Typography Sketchbooks

An eclectic compilation of sketchbook ideas from a hundred lettering artists and type designers from around the world.

In Progress

In Progress

A lettering artist and type designer tells her story and demonstrates her approach to design projects, from rough sketches to finished vectors.

New Vintage Type

New Vintage Type

A collection of contemporary retro typography that references earlier graphic design and gives the type styles of the past a contemporary resonance.

Designing Typefaces

Designing Typefaces

Interviews with eleven prominent type designers plus a small ‘get started’ tutorial at the end of the book.

Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way

Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way

Along with Blambot, Comicraft are the masters of comic book type. This little book is an entertaining guide to making and using comic fonts.

Twentieth Century Type Designers

Twentieth Century Type Designers

Profiles of twenty-four notable type designers showing their typefaces and examining the characters behind the characters.