Thursday, June 17, 2010

Top 10 Typography Books for Designers

How referenced are you? We all know designers don’t work in a box, although we are expected to think outside of it. How about between the pages? Do you scour and memorize design annuals and specialty books searching for that perfect inspiration? Even the great master painters soaked in the work of their mentors and masters before becoming masters themselves.

Here at Menagerie we are very proud of our resourceful library and want to share 10 of our studio’s most dogeared books dedicated to a designer’s bread and butter – Typography. Enjoy, absorb and imagine the possibilities.

1) Wordplay by John Langdon
2) Type: A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles, Volume 1
3) Fonts & Logos by Doyald Young
4) Logotypes & Letterforms by Doyald Young
5) Handwritten by Stephen Heller & Mirco Ilic
6) The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
7) Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide by Ellen Lupton
8) Classic Typography for Contemporary Design by Tamye Riggs
9) 1000 Type Treatments by Wilson Harvey
10) Font Book Catalog by Fontshop International

Did we leave out your favorite ? We want to hear from you.


Leah said...

Doyald's two books on the list made me smile. He has one more. It's too bad he's retired, but maybe we can get him to teach a little longer here at Art Center! (at least while I'm there) ;)