13 03 01

The Elements of Typographic Style version 4.0, by Robert Bringhurst (review)

My first piece of design criticism, ever: a review of version 4.0 of Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, published on Stephen Coles’s Typographica.org. The review elicited a response from the author himself. Have a read.

Since I wrote the review I think I’ve come to a more critical view of Bringhurst; I’m not as¬†convinced anymore that his tone, thoughtful as it is, always recognizes the difference between talking about the moral significance of typography on the one hand, and moralizing about it on the other. The book is valuable on its own terms but best read in the context of other, different views of typography.