latest notable updates:
7/9/17: Rearrangement of and some additions to the Space Page. Other miscellaneous updates.
(The Reading page is updated almost every time anything else is;
specifics on these updates are noted on that page only. Minor updates to other pages are also frequent, and are noted only on the pages.)
THE READING PAGE
An extensive annotated bibliography of the most important and recommendable books I’ve used in all areas of book arts with which I’m familiar, plus a few others I’ve heard about. Reflecting my experience, the main focus is on type and typography, printing, the editorial aspects of communications, trade history, and the scholarly and linguistic background of graphic communications.
Entries for many of the older books contain links to free, easily downloadable PDFs.
There are also general suggestions about how to go about reading in the field, and about shopping for the books.
This page has grown to be sort of a grand tour of the technology and techniques of graphic communications, and of their “philosophical” underpinnings, with an emphasis on typography as a craft and a vehicle for communication. I know of no other resource that I could recommend for such a use.
TYPE & TYPEFACES
So far, contains a basic overview of wood type.
THE COMPOSING ROOM
FEATURED ARTICLE: THE SPACE PAGE: ALL ABOUT SPACES.
The “composing room” is the room in which the type and related material
is stored, and where the typesetting takes place. This section of the site is concerned with the tools, equipment, and techniques employed in the composing room, except for the type itself (covered in the Type & Typefaces section), and typesetting machinery (covered in the Type Technology section).
Just about everything you need to know in order to recognize
and utilize the material used for spacing within a line of metal type.
Also other articles in the Composing Room and Digital Typography sections.
So far, contains a draft overview of Typecasting and Typesetting Machines, which is valuable background for a knowledge of metal type.
TYPOGRAPHIC & PRINTING HISTORY
Some information about foundries and printers of the past
GENERAL TYPOGRAPHY; TYPOGRAPHIC CRITICISM
So far, emphasis on criticism, forming a critical history of the last two centuries of typography, plus some notes on linguistics, and warnings about a couple of “authorities.”
DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY & GRAPHICS
So far, mainly technical articles about text aesthetics and spacing. If you use InDesign, you should read them.
THE EDITORIAL BOOK ARTS
So far, some preliminary notes on proofreading. Watch this space.
Nothing yet. I’m a beginner at bookbinding, so the page will mostly be miscellaneous minor information I’ve found that might be worth a look even to more experienced people.
THE LINKS PAGE
A classified collection of links to resources for various areas of book arts, in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Sections for general resources for various specialties. Also a classified collection of links pertaining to Woodworking, Metal & Miscellaneous Fabrication, and Specialty Tools (other than book arts tools), since book arts people often have to hunt out such things.
DIGITAL & CONSULTING WORK
This is a link to my old freelance site, with an extensive portfolio of my digital work in typography and graphics, and discussions of my various capabilities in those areas, as well as editorial work and consulting. I don’t do production freelancing anymore; I am presently interested only in senior-level consulting.
My main business now is writing resumés and related consulting work.
Here’s the site for that: crystalresumes.com.
“And for paste, sallad-oyl, and such accidental requisites as the Press-man
in his work may want, the Devil commonly fetches for him.”
—Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises
or The Doctrine of Handy Works Applied to the Art of Printing (1683; vol. 1, p. 74)
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