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Type Tricks (Sofie Beier)
Anyone read this? Got any thoughts/reviews?
I read it and really liked it. It has very succinct and practical information.
edited February 2019
I read it and liked it, my only criticism is that in some sections white lettering on a bright flourescent orange background makes it hard to read.
This is surprising. I would have thought that Sophie Beier would have avoided this as
one of her other books
is about how to improve legibility.
I recently bought "Type Tricks" but have only thumbed through it so far. I just came across a copy of "Designing Type" by Karen Cheng when I went to the bookstore last night and wondered if it's worth getting also or maybe redundant (only did a quick skim as well and seemed like some good info at a glance).
I've seen some recommend it, and then this comment (which had quite a few agrees) "I was quite underwhelmed and disappointed when I bought Designing Type" from a few years ago in another post.
The two are definitely not redundant. In general,
is a fine book that collects a bunch of very specific things, many of which you won’t find elsewhere. But I feel that there is no book that it is a replacement for: it supplements other things.
is ok for beginning type designers, but definitely should not be one’s only book. I would tend to suggest
How to Create Typefaces: from sketch to screen
as the best general typeface design book out there. Everybody who wants to design fonts should have it. Also,
Fontographer: type by design
is still useful after several decades, even if the antique screen shots are laughable.
My own book list, with details and links is here:
I just updated it after starting to write this post, as I didn’t have Beier’s book on there, and I should have!
Thanks for the feedback and list link, Thomas!
is a great book but with a terrible title. It should be called
Measurements and Proportions of Various Sans and Serif Latin Letters
. It tells you very little about the mechanics of the design process, or spacing, or punctuation, or diacritics, or turning your own design ideas into a font, or... But what it does, it does well.
Appreciate that insight, Simon, thanks.
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