Marion March: Creative Typography

The typesetting of the book itself has issues—justified text in narrow column—but it features some great typographic examples. Not a bad book to flip through to find inspirations from the past. Got it at a bargain price.


Ken Lunde: CJKV Information Processing

Dr. Lunde has accomplished a daunting task of putting together a 900-page reference on computing text in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Like Robert Bringhurst who wrote the foreword, I find the book useful, particularly the coverage of the Vietnamese language.


Peter Dawson: The Field Guide to Typography

A breezy and beautiful introduction to the world of typography around us. Striking photography and brief design backstory make it a pleasurable and informative visual reference for both casual and serious typographic apprentices. Currently on sale on Amazon for $5.56. Can’t beat that bargain.


Robyn Blakeman: The Bare Bones of Advertising Print Design

An essential guide to create effective advertising design. From the creative process to typography to layout, Blakeman provides the foundation for designers to build upon on their own. It’s a good reference if you can get past the Copperplate headers.


Alex White: Type In Use

Concise writing and clear illustrations complemented with excellent real-world examples make this book a must-have reference on typographic elements for print and digital designers.


Ruari McLean: The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography

A good overview on the history of typography, legibility, and book design. More relevant to graphic than web designers, but it is still an informative read on typographic design.


Rosemarie Ostler: Founding Grammars

An intriguing history of the development of the English language. Ostler traces back to key figures including Noah Webster, Lindley Murray, Robert Lowth, and William Bentley Fowle who played the major roles in shaping the usage of language. From controversies to rules to criticisms, Founding Grammars is a delightful and informing read on the wars on words.

Steven Bradley:  CSS Animations and Transitions for the Modern Web

An approachable and practical guide to web animation. The explanations are clear and the examples are useful. With easy-to-implement CSS techniques, this book will teach you how to apply simple motion to your website’s interface and interaction in no time.

Tony Seddon: Type Teams

With 10 principles, 14 tricks, and 149 combinations, Seddon’s Type Team is a quick and handy guide for mixing and complementing typefaces. Although showcasing types at large sizes make the visual layouts look attractive, body text should have been included in the specimens. Nevertheless, the wide range of selections with short explainations make it a decent reference for choosing and combining types.

Lea Verou: CSS Secrets

In this brilliant guide, Lea Verou unveils the rare power of CSS that lets designers create stunning visual effects beyond the popular elements. With her extensive knowledge of CSS and her clarity in technical explanation, Verou provides practical solutions that are easy to achieve with just a few lines of CSS. Even though I personally don’t use many of the techniques, such as complex background patterns and drop shadows, they help me understand what CSS can accomplish without the need for JavaScript. CSS Secrets is a must-have reference for web designers and developers.