Book Collection: Typography

An A-Z of Type Designers by Neil Macmillan is a quick, useful reference on type designers and their works.

The Adobe Original Silver Anniversary Story by Tamye Riggs provides insights on the talented team at Adobe Type.

Adrian Frutiger Typefaces by Heidrun Osterer & Philipp Stamm is a big, beautiful, and comprehensive documentation of Frutiger’s typefaces completed with detailed analysis.

Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander Lawson is an informative analytical study of classic typefaces and their letter forms.

The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles is as delightful to read as insightful to study.

Book Typography by Michael and Susan Wightman Mitchell is indeed a designer’s manual for making beautiful books while still focusing on legibility and readability.

The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici is a concise yet comprehensive manual on typesetting drawing from over thirty years of experience.

The Complete Typographer by Christopher Perfect manages to provide a comprehensive history of typography starting from 3000BC to 1990s within the first 35 pages.

Designing Type by Karen Cheng is a must-read for anyone who is interested in type design and typography.

Detail In Typography by Jost Hochuli exams the elements of micro-typography including letters, words, lines, and spacing.

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is the quintessential text on typography.

The Evolution of Type by Tony Seddon is useful, insightful, and a perfect complement to Stephen Coles’s The Anatomy of Type.

The Field Guide to Typography by Peter Dawson is a breezy and beautiful introduction to the world of typography we see everyday.

Flexible Typesetting by Tim Brown is an essential guide to shape better typography on the web.

Inside Paragraphs by Cyrus Highsmith advises designers to look at the space (such as glyph, counter, letter, and line) rather than the text.

Just My Type by Simon Garfield is an engaging book about fonts that even non-type nerds will enjoy.

Mastering Type by Denise Bosler teaches all basic parts of typography and points out good-vs.-bad examples.

The New Typography by Jan Tschichold provides practical principles for contemporary design.

On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria proves that the process of working with types on the web could be rewarding, engaging, and not daunting.

Reading Letters by Sofie Beier is packed with research on the history of reading and typography.

Shady Characters by Keith Houston reserves a place on my bookshelf to remind me these characters whenever I work on my typographic design.

Shaping Text by Jan Middendorp covers the basics of typesetting and the nuances of typography.

Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger uses amusing, relatable analogies to help readers understand the important of typography.

Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton is a rare gem—a book on typography that is as thoughtfully explained as it is designed.

Twentieth Century Type Designers by Sebastian Carter features short profiles of prominent type designers starting from Frederic W. Goudy to Carol Twombly.

Web Typography by Richard Rutter is a comprehensive resource that has everything you need to know for setting beautiful, readable, and responsive type on the web.