[XeTeX] OT: Typography: Any recommendations for a good read?

Adam Twardoch list.adam at twardoch.com
Sat Dec 10 14:04:15 CET 2005

Bernd wrote:
> Christmas break is about to begin, and I'm eager to get some insight 
> into typography, the art behind TeX. I like to read TugBoat but it's 
> rather a collection of good articles, I'd prefer a well written book 
> to get a thorough introduction. Can anybody recommend anything for me?
If you haven't yet, I thoroughly recommend starting with "The Elements 
of Typographic Style" by Robert Bringhurst. It's one of the best books 
about typography available, and it's written in a beautiful way. Next, 
I'd go with Erik Spiekermann's "Über Schrift" (in English: "Stop 
Stealing Sheep and Find Out How Type Works"). And then, I'd read "Erste 
Hilfe in Typografie" by Hans Peter Willberg and Friedrich Forssman. It's 
a fantastically designed book. These three together should give you the 
best possible overview on typography in a broad perspective.

And if you're not satisfied, I'd invest in "Die [neue] Lesetypografie" 
by the same Hans Peter Willberg and Friedrich Forssman, and 
"Detailtypografie" by Friedrich Forssman and Ralf de Jong. These two 
together make up true Bibles of German-language typography. They're 
great to watch and to refer to -- they're more of an encyclopedic style, 
meticulously crafted.

Adam Twardoch


Adam Twardoch

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