A Tally of Types: With Additions by Several Hands ; And With by Stanley Morison

By Stanley Morison

This landmark booklet, first released in 1953 in a personal souvenir variation and later revised and elevated, continues to be an fundamental reference for college students of ebook layout. It provides Stanley Morison at his top: opinionated, eclectic, providing his attribute mixture of erudition and perception. eventually on hand back after decades, A Tally of sorts discusses twenty diversified faces, many reduce lower than Morison's direct supervision, and such a lot of them now translated into electronic settings. this can be the true historical past at the back of the letters: who first lower them, how they have been used (and could be used), and the way the trendy types grew to become available. every one essay is determined within the typeface it discusses, making the booklet an exhilarating visible event in addition to instructing of basic value. a useful relief for contemporary practitioners and historians alike, this variation includes a new advent through Mike Parker, former co-director of Typographic improvement on the Mergenthaler company.

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2. Text block with tight leading (example A); plus two points of leading (example B); and plus eight points of leading (example C). 3. Leading is measured from baseline to baseline. 4. Leading and display type. 4), with the result that the two lines seem disconnected from each other. The problem is exacerbated by the all-cap treatment, meaning there are no ascenders or descenders. Example B shows negative leading applied (42/38). • Typefaces with larger x-heightscertain serif typefaces like Times New Roman, or sans serifs typefaces in generalare perceived to be bigger because the lowercase letters take up a relatively large part of the overall area of the character bounding box.

Note A surefire way to raise the hackles of a purist typographer is to use the terms kerning and tracking interchangeably. While closely related, they are distinct. Kerning refers to adjusting the space between a pair of characters. Tracking means adjusting the space across a range of text. When to Kern The objective of kerning is to achieve the appearance of equal spacing on either side of each character. Thankfully, the majority of your kerning needs are addressed by InDesign's automatic kerning methods, of which there are two kinds: Metrics and Optical.

3. Venetian Oldstyle. 4. Garalde Oldstyle. 5. Script. [View full size image] Transitional Representing a move away from letter shapes based on handwriting, transitional types were the first typefaces to be drawn as shapes in their own right. They represent a transition between Garalde and Modern (Didone) typefaces, and contain aspects of both. Distinguishing features: • A vertical, or near vertical axis Part I: Character Formats 37 38 Part I: Character Formats • Pronounced contrast between hairlines and main strokes • Serifs are thin, flat and bracketed • Examples: Baskerville, Perpetua, Stone Serif Didone (Modern) Named after Firmin Didot and Giambattista Bodoni, Didone typefaces were a response to improvements in late 18th Century paper production, composition, printing and binding, which made it possible to develop typefaces with strong vertical emphasis and fine hairlines.

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