Type Matters! by Jim Williams

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This book might not have as many juicy color photos as the other books we’ve been giving away this week, but anyone who’s a type lover will really dig this book. “Type Matters!”  by Jim Williams and published by Merrell Publishers is a jolly little soft-cover book that looks almost more like a notebook than a book you might read.

Filled with lots of knowledge, you’ll learn about the background of type design, how headlines and display types are set, about text setting and a lot of nitty gritty details about things like hanging punctuation and ligatures and diphthongs and other things typeface lovers and grammar nerds will enjoy.

“Once upon a time, only typesetters needed to know about kerning, leading, ligatures and hanging punctuation. Today, however, most of us work on computers, with access to hundreds of fonts, and we’d all like our letters, reports and other documents to look as good – and be as readable – as possible. But what does all the confusing terminology about ink traps, letter spacing and visual centring mean, and what are the rules for good typography? Type Matters! is a book of tips for everyday use, for all users of typography, from students and professionals to anyone who does any layout design on a computer.” Read more about “Type Matters!” and purchase it from Merrell Publishers.

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  1. Ian Bass

    May 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Really like this book on typography–good info.

  2. Minna

    May 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    This book is right up my alley, thanks for featuring it!

  3. Victoria

    May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Very interesting topic!

  4. Carl

    May 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    What a nice looking little book, informative too I’ll bet. I’d love to get a closer look, please enter my name for the chance to win a copy.

  5. Sara in Montréal

    May 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Nothing close to a professionnal, but I love typography!

  6. Michael G

    May 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I love typefaces. Must come with being a bibliophile!

  7. Gautam Lakum

    May 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    A great book for designers. Thanks :)

  8. bev

    May 12, 2012 at 12:27 am


  9. Matt

    May 12, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Love it

  10. cryleo

    May 12, 2012 at 6:38 am

    The book cover is very eye catchy indeed. It’s hard not to judge the book by it’s cover ^_^

  11. Rio Chowdhury

    May 12, 2012 at 9:55 am

    “It’s a typeface, not a font.” I still don’t know the difference. For some odd reason I like the word typeface better. Type setting is an artform as old as writing style. You can set types in places where there are no option to set typefaces. Such as in this comment — just to get exxtra credit. I’d love to have this book. Please let me know if I don’t get it, so I can buy it.

  12. Roxie Poe

    May 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

    You made me smile. I love type. I even keep old type catalogues. I collect penmanship books, and believe that they are all the same thing! Perhaps I need therapy, but I would rather have this book. :)

  13. Ivar

    May 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

    <3 Typography. Can't tell why, but still my favorite topic to read and learn more about. ;)

  14. Anna

    May 13, 2012 at 3:47 am

    It`s already half a year since i am really into typography, this could be such an awesome gift to me, a big help in my beginnings!

  15. christina

    May 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    everyone should know about kerning!

  16. eug

    May 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    typography, this would be gorgeous to peruse

  17. Becky Greene

    May 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Great topic!! Thanks for the feature and the chance to win!

  18. Margaret Almon

    May 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Type joy!

  19. Annie

    May 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Looks like a helpful read!

  20. Rachelle

    May 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Looks like an interesting read!

  21. Amanda Bradley

    May 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    What an essential addition to my library.

  22. miguel

    May 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Great idea. Type is the thing. And this book is very useful tool to my pupils.

  23. Mamavalveeta03

    May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Very cool and interesting coffee table book. Kind of quirky, like me!

  24. Priscila Gomes

    Jul 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Great. Interesting read. Loved it.

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