Monday, September 15, 2008
Your first assignment is to order these two required textbooks: The first is Book Typography, A Designer's Manual by Mitchell & Wightman, Libanus Press, 2005. It can be ordered from Amazon or Oak Knoll Books for $69.95. This book is a practical guide to typography and explains the principles of good design, why they exist and when to put them into practice. It is an essential text for any print designer who wishes to create professional grade page layouts.
This second book, InDesign Type, by Nigel French, and published by Adobe Press in 2006, focuses on InDesign's sophisticated typographic controls and formatting features. It does a great job on explaining many of the time-honored typographic conventions of magazine and book publishing. Although it is written specifically for CS2, the majority of the techniques are applicable to later CS versions. This book holds up very well over time.