Spring 2019

Easy reading

Typography, A Very Short Introduction

By Paul Luna. Oxford University Press, £7.99, $11.95

Paul Luna has written a very thorough explanation of typography as a subject and a practice. The book is not aimed at practitioners but at an intelligent general audience with no experience of typography beyond picking a font from their Fonts menu. There are plenty of good books on how to use type; this is not intended to be one of them. This book does not teach you how to do typography; it teaches you how to think about typography.

Although Typography: A Very Short Introduction follows the series design of the ‘Very Short Introductions’ – a page size of 11×17.5 cm, body type 8.5/12 pt Miller Text, flush left on a measure of 20.5 picas, with 36 lines per page, paragraphs indicated by a blank line with no first-line indent – Luna managed to persuade the publishers to let him lay out the pages himself, a logical thing in 
a book about typography, but well outside the usual parameters allowed to authors …

John D. Berry, editor and typographer, Seattle, United States

Read the full version in Eye no. 98 vol. 25, 2019


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