The Non-Designer's Type Book
||Author: Robin Williams|
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Publisher: Peachpit Press (24 July, 1998)
Average Customer Rating: 4.58 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
For professional designers too!
Designers, don't let the title scare you. This is not a dumbed-down guide for amateurs. Yes, it's a great resource for amateurs and they will understand it, but it's also a wonderful guide for professional designers who need to review professional-level typography. It's a must-have reference in my library. Includes lots of ideas on layout, fonts you can use in different situations, fonts that complement each other, increasing legibility and special typographic effects.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Good information, but the author gets on your nerves
You'll find good information and clear explanations with plenty of examples in this book, so there's no denying that you'll learn something by reading it. Plus, although it is technically a technical book, it's fairly easy to read even as a bed time book.
But the author has the terrible habit of treating the reader as if they were complete idiots, and her patronizing tone really got on my nerves more than once. She cautions the reader with "don't be dumb" at least a dozens times, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Basically, the author seems to believe that she's the most brilliant genious ever to have walked the surface of this planet and she really thinks she knows what's right and what's wrong. You'll also get advice like "you thought that this was right, but now you know it's wrong, so don't be dumb" all the time. It bothers me that anyone can behave as if they were the sole guardians of The Truth. This book could have been called The Gospel According to Robin Williams.
Another aspect that bothered me is that, in the name of "good design", the book uses a third more paper than it really should. It's extra-tall format makes it seem to be denser, but in fact most pages have only been printed on the top half. Oh, and Robin Williams also mentions her other books in most chapters, so if you were to follow her advice to the letter you'd end up with the full collection of her books
Rating: 4 out of 5
Robin Williams does such a great job explaining design concept's to "non-designers." I feel like she's teaching me. Here, she turns her attention to typography. Anyone could learn a great deal about typography without having read any other books on the subject from this book. Williams, being a designer, takes a visual approach to teaching typography and has a humorous way of hammering important points into your head. Not only will you be more sensitive to how type works after reading this book, but you will know the terminology of typography and, most importantly, know how to use type well and creatively.
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