Vistin, one of my beloved subscribers to the Pimp my Type Newsletter wrote me about his biggest typographic challenge right now:
“For me as a beginner in typography, it’s so overwhelming to read all those typographic books.”
I totally get this. Back in 2004, when I was in design school I was curious and intimidated at the same time. So here are three suggestions of books that get you started on digital typography:
1. Detail in Typography
As a general overview, Detail in Typography by Jost Hochuli was very helpful to me back then when I was at design school. It comes from a print world and does not focus on digital typography specifically, but the principles apply to any medium. Plus, it’s just beautifully designed.
2. Better Web Typography
If you focus on web design and want to get going fast I’d recommend Matej Latin’s Book Better Web Typography. It’s a short and great primer for any web- or frontend designer that wants to learn more about the subject. I especially love how Matej gets into the nitty-gritty technical parts while he illustrates it all with practical examples.
3. Web Typography
The book Web Typography by Richard Rutter is my bible for web typography. If you’re looking for a basic understanding of typography and want to find out what are the best solutions with nowadays tools (hence CSS), this is for you. The great thing is, you can easily read it in pieces or dive into one subject deeply. When Detail in Typography is mostly about the visual part, Better Web Typography rather technical, this book is both. If you only want to buy one book, buy this.
Do you have a book suggestion? I’d love to hear them in the comments blow!