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Type on Screen

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The long awaited follow-up to our all-time bestseller Thinking with Type is here. Type on Screen is the definitive guide to using classic typographic concepts of form and structure to make dynamic compositions for screen-based applications. Covering a broad range of technologies—from electronic publications and websites to videos and mobile devices—this hands-on primer pre ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press
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May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
If you picked this book up on the strength of Lupton's Thinking with Type, you may be in for a disappointment. For one thing, while “Thinking with Type” was written by Lupton, “Type on Screen” is edited by her (she’s the main author, but large parts were written by her students and others).

There’s some good material here, though: the book starts with a recap of the parts of a font or typeface, then proceeds to explain how type on a printed page differs from type on a computer screen, zooming out
César Díez Sánchez
As a software developer, I would say this is a well structured book with lots of sources and tips about usability and design in general, but its main focus are students because it talks about the the bases of design. Half of the book's information could be found on internet, since there are plenty of references to sources from academies like MICA or companies like iA. Also, I think the author wants to talk about almost everything related to design and she doesn't deep into any of the topics, whi ...more
Marta Kule
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
For learning the ins and outs of typography for the web, the little On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria is still better, but this book is good for a survey-style intro to all things on screen. Each spread mentions a concept that you can then learn more about somewhere else. It spends a lot of time on typefaces, special characters, or the grid, but it also recognizes that the screen doesn't end there -- you'll find scalable vector graphics, design wireframes, or overview of storyboarding in th ...more
Tyler Elmore
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ellen Lupton makes typography for the screen accessible to anyone with her series of books.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hobby
Nicely designed. It goes without saying, but the opposite happens, that a book on design needs to be well designed.

Informative and shows case examples.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mv-library
I think this book suffers from a failure of medium: a moderate-dimension printed page is not the modality in which the authors' ideas are best conveyed. Additionally, I disagree with many layout choices, editorial choices, and with some of the content, which is presented as gospel without supporting evidence.

For contrast, try the Bible of visual layout: Edward Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Don't, please don't, take type on screen's advice about pie charts.

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Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not the most helpful book. There are better guides out there for using type in CSS. There are better lists of good typefaces. There are better examples of typography in digital design. This is just ok in these areas.
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Covers more than just typography. Looks at epub, wireframes, storyboards and creating text from code.
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Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Some interesting case studies, and some really impractical ones, with heavy emphasis on student work. Overall, an OK guide for student designers.
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