The must-have book for type designers. Well-written, wonderfully informative and beautifully designed with big, clearly-labelled illustrations.
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.
A handsome classic that is both technical and philosophical. Plenty of gems for type designers as well as typographers.
An absorbing and attractively-designed history of type that assesses some key typefaces and relates them to wider historical changes.
Easy-to-read companion to the Fontographer manual with plenty of excellent advice from an experienced type designer.
The mightiest tome in type. A huge, heavy book with lavish examples of typefaces documented in chronological order. Concise critique of each face covers historical and formal considerations, and the clear, consistent layout makes comparison easy.
Insightful, well-illustrated analysis of a hundred old and new typefaces, with suggested uses for each, plus an enlightening explanation of type classifications.
A compendium of two thousand significant and useful fonts with information about style, designer, foundry and date.
Design briefs and solutions for over sixty custom typefaces each created for a specific function or identity.
A friendly little book of tips for fontmakers and typophiles; simply explained principles of type design with clear illustrations and easy to follow advice.
A decade by decade exploration of the type and typography of the last century. Intelligent and informative.
An enthusiastically written and engagingly readable introduction to the fundamentals of typography.
A trip through time depicting and describing the development of typographic styles from country to country.
This fascinating course for students of typography has appeal for anyone interested in the history of lettering and using type.
A handy little guide for looking up typographic terms and conventions, and identifying glyphs.
An engaging type design primer with tips from some established designers and exercises for beginners.
An eclectic compilation of sketchbook ideas from a hundred lettering artists and type designers from around the world.
A collection of contemporary retro typography that references earlier graphic design and gives the type styles of the past a contemporary resonance.
Profiles of twenty-four notable type designers showing their typefaces and examining the characters behind the characters.
A lettering artist and type designer tells her story and demonstrates her approach to design projects, from rough sketches to finished vectors.
Interviews with eleven prominent type designers plus a small ‘get started’ tutorial at the end of the book.
Along with Blambot, Comicraft are the masters of comic book type. This little book is an entertaining guide to making and using comic fonts.