Compendium for Literates
by Karl Gerstner
Publisher: The MIT Press (December 15, 1974)
Most lucid book ever written about typographic design and communication.
Typography: A Manual of Design
by Emil Ruder
Publisher: Hastings House Pub; Student ed edition (September 1981)
The typography course at the School of Design in Basel. Many examples of students work.
Typographic Design: Form and Communication
by Rob Carter, Ben Day, Philip Meggs
Publisher: Wiley; 3rd edition (June 15, 2002)
Provides a comprehensive overview of every aspect of designing with type, from the basic terms and classifications to contemporary digital typesetting technology. Fully revised and updated to reflect new technological developments and emerging design trends.
Designing With Type: The Essential Guide Typography
by James Craig, Irene Korol Scala, William Bevington
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications; 5th edition (March 30, 2006)
A complete course in typography for beginners. This book has been around for some thirty-five years. It is the standard text in design schools around the world.
The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers (October 9, 2004)
Master Craftsman, Hermann Zapf said himself that “he wishes to see this book become the Typographers Bible”. This book is a must for the writer, publisher, designer, and editor.
Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students
by Ellen Lupton
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2004)
This is a well-structured and well-written text with refreshing examples from a wide range of designers. These examples reinforce the concept that successful design and typography come from critical thinking and that there is no one style or approach that is “correct.”