The Elements of Typographic Style


The Elements of Typographic Style

Infobox Book
name = The Elements of Typographic Style


image_caption = Cover of "The Elements of Typographic Style," version 3.0 from 2004.
author = Robert Bringhurst
country = Canada
language = English
subject = Typography
publisher = Hartley and Marks Publishers
pub_date = 1992
pages = 254 pp "(first edition)"
isbn = ISBN 0-88179-110-5
oclc = 25411784

"The Elements of Typographic Style" is a book by Canadian typographer, poet and translator Robert Bringhurst. Originally published in 1992, it was revised in 1996, 2001 (v2.4), 2002 (v2.5), 2004 (v3.0), and 2005 (v3.1). A history and guide to typography, it has been praised by Hermann Zapf, who said “I wish to see this book become the Typographers’ Bible.” [Hermann Zapf, as cited on the back cover of the book in version 3.1, ISBN 0-88179-206-3] Because of its widespread use, it is sometimes abbreviated simply as “Bringhurst”. The title is a play on "The Elements of Style".

Chapters

The chapters of the third edition are as follows:

# The Grand Design
# Rhythm & Proportion
# Harmony & Counterpoint
# Structural Forms & Devices
# Analphabetic Symbols
# Choosing & Combining Type
# Historical Interlude
# Shaping the Page
# The State of the Art
# Grooming the Font
# Prowling the Specimen Books

In addition to these, the book contains also five appendices, historical synopsis and a foreword.

Editions

* First edition: Hartley and Marks Publishers, 1993, 254pp, ISBN 0-88179-110-5 (hardcover)
* Second edition: Hartley and Marks Publishers, 1996, 352pp, ISBN 0-88179-133-4 (hardcover), ISBN 0-88179-132-6 (paperback)
* Version 3.1: Hartley and Marks Publishers, 2005, ISBN 0-88179-205-5 (hardcover), ISBN 0-88179-206-3 (paperback)

ee also

* "Anatomy of a Typeface"

References

External links

* [http://www.typebooks.org/r-elements.htm A review on Type Books]
* [http://webtypography.net/ "The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web"] – an unaffiliated webpage applying the same principles to web typography


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