Practical Typography

Author: Matthew Butterick

This book is about mak­ing you a bet­ter ty­pog­ra­pher. And if you’re won­der­ing “what’s in it for me?”, you’re in the right place.

That’s one thing we mere de­sign­ers can learn from a de­signer who is also a law­yer, like Matthew: if your ar­gu­ment is easy to fol­low, it will be a win­ning one.

How this book is organized

This book is based on three core principles:

  • Good typography is part of good writing.
  • As a professional writer, you should hold your documents to the same standards as professionally published material. Why? Because your documents are professionally published material. Moreover, there’s no technical barrier to achieving the same results.
  • Any writer can master the essentials of good typography.
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