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This article barely introduces the subject of fonts. Hundreds of books and articles are available on the subject, and many people have made it a lifelong study. Below are two books that can teach you how to improve your design work. Both are relatively inexpensive and won't be outgrown in a hurry; you'll return to them again and again:
The Non-Designer's Design Book. 2nd. Ed. Robin Williams. Berkley, CA: Peachpit Press. 2003. A quick and entertaining introduction to design and layout, especially on a computer. Many professional designers have been introduced to design by this book.
The Elements of Typographic Style. 2nd. Ed. Robert Bringhurst. Vancouver, CAN: Hartley and Marks. 1996. One of the Bibles of modern typography. Bringhurst explains in detail the issues of design, trying hard to be reasonable and non-dogmatic in his comments. Although not as accessible as William's book, this one is more complete. Use it as an encyclopedia of design issues.
Bruce Byfield was a manager at Stormix Technologies and Progeny Linux Systems and a Contributing Editor at Maximum Linux. Away from his desktop, he listens to punk-folk music, raises parrots and runs long, painful distances of his own free will. He currently is writing a book on OpenOffice.org.
-- Bruce Byfield (nanday)
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