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Literature & Videos

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


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

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, 1953/1973)

Gerrit Noordzij, ‘A Program for Teaching Letterforms’, Dossier A-Z 73
(Belgium, 1973)

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

Gerrit Noordzij, The stroke, Theory of Writing (London, 2005)

Walter Tracy, Letters of Credit: a View of Type Design (Boston, 1986)


Scripts and writing systems



Frank E. Blokland, Reflections on Type and Typography [Related Matters]
(’s-Hertogenbosch, 2019)

Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style (Vancouver, 2013)

Robert Bringhurst, Grondslagen van de typografie (Leiden, 2018)

Stanley Morison, First Principles of Typography (Cambridge/New York, 1936)





Frank E. Blokland, Kalligraferen: de kunst van het schoonschrijven [‘Calligraphy: the Art of Writing’] (Utrecht, 1990)



Céline Hurka & Nóra Békés, Reviving Type (The Hague, 2019)



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


Legibility Research

Sofie Beier, Reading Letters: Designing for Legibility (Amsterdam, 2012)

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 contemporary)

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)
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Two Revivals

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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