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Ten Essential Books on Typography & Design


This article appeared in Issue 109 of InDesign Magazine.

I am frequently asked by students and professionals alike to recommend a book to fill in their knowledge of type and design and to act as a reference. These days, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of books on the graphic arts to choose from, but I have focused on those tried-and-true books that are respected by many professionals in the field. These books serve to provide and support the building of a strong foundation in typography, act as creative inspiration, and emphasize the importance of excellence in every aspect of the design process. Here is my selection of books that I believe every designer should have close at hand.

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Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer, and educator specializing in all aspects of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography, 4th edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally.
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