latest notable updates:
3/19/17: A number of lesser updates over the past couple of months.
1/6/17: New article on the DESIGN ERA page (Critical History section). Updated 2/24/17, along with miscellaneous revisions elsewhere.
11/10/16: COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY OF MEASUREMENT, AS RELEVANT TO TYPOGRAPHY (an attempt to explain why precise typographic measurements are essential)
10/1/16: A TOUR OF THE COMPOSING ROOM (partial: a work in progress)
(The Reading page is updated almost every time anything else is;
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
THE COMPOSING ROOM
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
GENERAL TYPOGRAPHY; TYPOGRAPHIC CRITICISM
DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY & GRAPHICS
THE EDITORIAL BOOK ARTS
THE LINKS PAGE
My main business now is writing resumés and related consulting work.
“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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