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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Seven years is a long time in any industry, but when it comes to the worlds of design and technology (and particularly the point at which the two merge), it's an eternity! No wonder, then, that you (and about a million other readers!) have been eagerly awaiting this latest update to Robin Williams' enormously popular Non-Designer's series. In these pages, Robin defines the ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2005 by Peachpit Press (first published 1998)
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Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read "The Non-Designers Design Book" a few years ago, and I think it gave me a good foundation, so when I wanted to read more about type I thought this would be a good place to start. Some of the material had already been covered in my writing courses in college, but she picked up where they left off and answered some of the questions I had, namely about how typographers seem to assign "personalities" to type and how to identify and use them. She demystified type for me, I look forward to lear ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-design
Robin Williams makes Type accessible to the regular non-designer, especially those people who weren't planning to design anything yet find themselves as part of the design process. The information is easily understood and well presented. If you have no idea about Type, then this is a good starting place for you. ...more
Mar 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-design
There is a lot of good information succinctly delivered by this book. It was the text for my digital page design class and served as an apt companion to our InDesign work. My only complaint (and the reason I give the book three stars instead of four) is that while the content of the book is solid, it's form is well, kind of homely. 'Nuff said. ...more
Tatiana Jimenez
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
I really enjoyed the way Ms. Williams writes about typography. This was a fun, in-your-face look at the world of type and what not to do with it. She gives great examples. I definitely learned a lot. I will most likely keep this book close by every time I'm designing with type. ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artists, Writers
Decent book, it seemed a little dated, as desktop publishing software has come a long way since 1998. Wish my library had the second edition issued in 2005.

But, I learned some stuff that I have been doing wrong, and can see why it’s wrong now, so in that way the book defiantly is good.
A very approachable on typography from a desktop publishing point of view. Outlines ideas and concepts clearly, encouraging the reader along the way. Great examples. Small but packed with goodness. Good to review once and a while in case you've developed any bad, lazy habits.
Christian Baloga
One of the most valuable tools a graphic designer could own! I bought this one for a typography class in college and refuse to sell it! The pages are literally falling out because I've used it so much. You'll want to keep this one at arms reach! ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm really interested in typography for some reason and enjoyed this book. Definitely worth picking up. ...more
Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This is a great follow up to the non-designer's design book. It helps the novice "see" type in a while new way. ...more
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
A strong text to explain the principles of typography in print publishing to individuals who've never approached the topic before. ...more
Richard Luciano
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great read, dealing with one of the most challenging parts of design, typography. As usual, very well done Robin! :-)
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book for learning some typography basics. Good book to start with.
Julie Bozza
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: design
Excellent stuff.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent read for basic layout rules and techniques that should set any designer up for success when followed.
Belal Khan
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Should be read along side Robbin's design book. If you haven't read either this or the design book, get the deluxe edition which bundles the both of them together. ...more
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Robin P. Williams is an American writer of computer-related books. She is particularly known for her manuals of style The Mac is Not a Typewriter and The Non-Designer's Design Book, as well as numerous manuals for various Mac OS operating systems and applications, including The Little Mac Book. Williams has also spent years studying William Shakespeare, and in 2006 issued her book Sweet Swan of Av ...more

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