1. Denise Gonzales Crisp
  2. With primers by William F. Temple

Graphic Design in Context: a vital new series 
of books focused on the needs of contemporary students of graphic design

The practice of typography has been radically transformed in the digital age, and this book is set to become the classic introduction to the field.

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The authors emphasize the practical concerns of designing with type:
• how to maximize legibility
• how to identify the elements that make up a letterform
• how to organize the reading space
• how to design for both printed and screen-based output
• how to establish a hierarchy of elements
• how to work with different grid systems

Above all, the book emphasizes the importance of context and of understanding the related systems, such as audience, technology and language, within which typography functions.

Readers are introduced to the fundamentals of pre-digital typographic technology, and learn to situate their work within a history of type design stretching back to Gutenberg and beyond. But they are also encouraged to think critically about typography: how are messages encoded in type and decoded by the reader? How do production constraints affect design practice? Do standard measurement systems aid or impede the designer?

Primers to each chapter offer concise definitions of key terms, and the text is illustrated throughout with hundreds of inspirational examples of typographic design. These key features ensure that the book will be used as an essential reference tool, as well as encouraging students to be creative and exploratory in their own practice.

Denise Gonzales Crisp is Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University, where she was Chair of the Department of Graphic Design from 2002 to 2006.
William F. Temple is an independent scholar based in Hawaii. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University.