Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works, Third Edition

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/13/2013
  • Publisher: Adobe Press

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After two decades as one of the world’s best-selling books on designing with type — including editions in Korean, German, Russian, Portuguese, and Polish — Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works continues to educate, entertain, and enlighten design students and type lovers around the globe.

In this third edition, acclaimed type designer Erik Spiekermann brings his type classic fully up to date on mobile and web typography. He also includes scores of new visual examples on how to effectively communicate with type and a full selection of new typefaces that are used and referenced throughout the book.

If you use type — and these days, almost everyone does — Spiekermann’s engaging, common-sense style will help you understand how to look at type, work with type, choose the best typeface for your message, and express yourself more effectively through design. Compact, yet rich with anecdotes and visual examples, the handbook’s multilayered design not only makes for a fun, fast read; it also invites exploration, ensuring you learn something new each and every time you open it up.  


Author Biography


Erik Spiekermann is an information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces), and author of books and articles on type and typography. He was founder of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm, as well as FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. He is board member of the German Design Council and past president of the ISTD International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the iiid International Institute for Informationdesign. In 2001, Spiekermann left MetaDesign and now runs Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Stuttgart, & San Francisco. In 2011, the German Design Council gave Spiekermann their 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award in Germany.

Table of Contents

1 Type is everywhere.
2 What is type?
3 Looking at type.
4 Type with a purpose.
5 Type builds character.
6 Types of type.
7 How it works.
8 Putting it to work.
9 Type on screen.
10 There is no bad type.
11 Final form.

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