The Elements of Typographic Style | Angel Ceballos — Designer / New York Photographer
The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
Aug 23, 2006 • Robert Bringhurst

The Elements of Typographic Style

Highlights: “By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately and well.”

“Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form.”

“Typography is to literature as musical performance is to composition: an essential act of interpretation, full of endless opportunities for insight or obtuseness.”

“Typographic style is founded not on any one technology of typesetting or printing, but on the primitive yet subtle craft of writing.”

“In a badly designed book, the letters mill and stand like starving horses in a field. In a book designed by rote, they sit like stale bread and mutton on the page. In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.”

Finished reading: Aug 2006


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