Thinking with type: a critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students /. Ellen Lupton. — ist ed. p. cm. - (Design briefs). Includes bibliographical references. Thinking with Type, Second, Revised, Expanded Edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton ISBN Thinking with Type has ratings and reviews. Helen (Helena/Nell) said: I liked this book a LOT. It had loads of interesting details in it for me.


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Much care has gone into the creation of this third title in the Design Briefs series from Princeton Architectural Pressbringing the instruction of typography into the twenty-first century.

The book is organized into three main sections — Letter, Text and Grid —, each of which starts with a well-researched, thought-provoking ellen lupron thinking with type. The article on Letter furnishes a brief overview of major trends in typeface design, from the fifteenth century to the present.

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The second essay articulates the evolution of text from linear page to non-linear screen. The third piece presents the different ways in which grids have been used to organize typographic matter.

Each essay is followed by an amply-illustrated how-to section and exercises. An Appendix offers a crash course in editing and proofreading, as practiced today, and some excellent free advice to boot. The book is ellen lupron thinking with type designed and finely illustrated.


Carefully chosen graphics of historic and contemporary works inform the text, and vice-versa. Even the title page, a tightly rendered sketch that echoes the ellen lupron thinking with type layout, seems to imply that thinking, or designing, with type is best done on paper, before one sits at the computer.

Color is used subtly, not only to differentiate page content and sections, but also to demarcate examples and reproductions.

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Relevant quotations are judiciously placed throughout the text — Lupton practices what she preaches, providing the reader with plenty of points of entry and exit on each page.

I liked the presentation on the page, I like the different ways of reading in the book, the little bits to pore over, the jokes sometimes hidden in small caps at the top ellen lupron thinking with type the page or other placessome of the ellen lupron thinking with type.

This brute fact of cognition is the secret behind magic tricks. I'm going to save it and use it somewhere crucial. And this stuff about the transition from "reader" to "user" -- I was reading this on the train and just delighting in the concept provocation.

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Do not squander it. I really love it. Here I am squandering it, no less. Loads of visual delight in this book.

Examples of text where the text was actually saying something interesting, or provocative, or funny or different -- not just neutral words. In the chapter on hierarchy, two examples of hierarchical representations of 'common typographic diseases'.

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The first of this is: Typophiliacs usually die penniless and alone. I highlighted a lot of stuff in this book to go back to.

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The book didn't mind me using a highlighter -- it liked it. Often in books like this there is something so arty about them that any kind of mark feels a desecration.

In this book, I felt like it was becoming MY manual. It gave me secret satisfaction to find a number of proof-reading errors.