Royal Academy of Art’s Type Blog 


A listing of books and websites on type (design, history, conventions, education, etc.), scripts and writing systems, typography, lettering, calligraphy, paleography, legibility research, font technology.


Type (design, history, conventions, education etc.)

Gerrit Noordzij, ‘A program for teaching letterforms’, Dossier A-Z 73 (1973)

Gerrit Noordzij, De handen van de zeven zusters (Amsterdam, 2000)

Gerrit Noordzij, The stroke, theory of writing (London, 2005)

Stanley Morison, Letter Forms (New York, 1968)

Stanley Morison, Type designs of the past and present (London, 1926)

Stanley Morison, A Tally of Types (Cambridge, 1973)


Scripts and writing systems







Frank E. Blokland, Kalligraferen: de kunst van het schoonschrijven (‘Calligraphy: the art of writing’) (Utrecht, 1990)



E. Maunde Thompson, Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography (Oxford, 1912)


Legibility research

G.W. Ovink, Legibility, atmosphere-value and forms of printing types (Leiden, 1938)

Miles A. Tinker, Bases for Effective Reading (Minneapolis, 1966)


Font technology (historical and present-day)

Frank E. Blokland, On the origin of patterning in movable Latin type : Renaissance standardisation, systematisation, and unitisation of textura and roman type (’s-Hertogenbosch, 2016) Download PDF




Videos on type-related topics

TYPO Berlin 2014: Gerrit Noordzij »Roots«

Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces

Michael Harvey, Type designer

Doyald Young, Logotype designer

Akte van Abdicatie van koningin Beatrix –de totstandkoming

Ramen met namen (‘Stained glass & lettering’)



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