Smashing Conference is coming to Oxford, England for the first time and we’re proud to be joining them as a sponsor with the Typekit pop-up library. This is the first time we’ve taken the library overseas, and we’re excited to give the library its British debut. The conference covers Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and we’re looking forward to a lot of great talks—such as Dave Rupert’s talk titled “Real Life Responsive Web Design: Lessons Learned” and Scott Kellum’s “Art Directing Posts, Sustainably.” While the main conference is sold out, there are tickets left to a few workshops on UX design, mobile/touch, mastering CSS, and CSS/RWD.

Smashing Conference takes place March 18th and 19th, 2014, at Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX. Tickets can be purchased for workshops here.

If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, or have suggestions of books that you’d like to see in the library, please get in touch with us through support@typekit.com.

Typekit pop-up library

Meet us in Austin this Friday! The Typekit pop-up library is traveling to SXSW for a one-day Creative Camp. Typekit is joining forces with the Adobe Web Platform team to present five speaker sessions, covering topics such as creating animated infographics, creating rich media experiences on the web, and how designers and engineers can improve their working practices. We’ll be providing lunch, snacks, and a happy hour at the end of the day.

The Creative Camp is happening at the Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom (111 Cesar Chavez at Congress), from 11:00am–6:00pm.  An official SXSW badge is required to attend, but there are no additional costs. For further details about the sessions and the Creative Camp in general, visit the Adobe Web Platform blog. We hope to see you there!

If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, or have suggestions of books that you’d like to see in the library, please get in touch with us through support@typekit.com.

tim's talk aea 2013

We’re excited to join An Event Apart in San Francisco this week, with a talk given by our Type Manager Tim Brown and the Typekit pop-up library. Tim’s talk is titled “Universal Typography,” and intends to “show us how to practice typography in a way that is equally universal.” Tim is among the first speakers on Monday, so you can catch him before heading to lunch.

While on your lunch break, come peruse the Typekit pop-up library! We’ll be located outside the main conference room, where the registration tables were set up on Sunday. In addition to our ever-growing, handpicked collection of books, we have copies of 8 Faces, t-shirts, and pins to give out. Stop by to say hello and check out a book you’ve been eager to encounter in person.

New books in the library include:

The Elements of Content Strategy
by Erin Kissane

A Book Apart authors take on important topics, distilling the essentials down into beautiful little volumes you can slip into your bag for reading and reference anytime, anywhere. Erin Kissane’s The Elements of Content Strategy is a favorite; the last read left me thinking about the importance of how writing serves your readers and finding your (blog’s) own voice. — Liz Galle

Pretty Pictures by Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes’s work doesn’t fall into one spectrum so much as it spans multiple design spectrums. Her work incorporates graphic and logotype design alongside textile and pattern design, weaving intricate patterns that ultimately work in favor of the typographic elements. There is, very honestly, no one doing the kinds of things she is doing today. Pretty Pictures is a catch all catalog of her work — some work is fairly straightforward logotype design, and some of it questions the limits of typographic design. Her more intricate designs certainly call to mind Middle Eastern pattern-making as well as classically intricate calligraphic detailing. This book is less about finding a theme amidst Bantjes’s work, and more about being consumed by the sheer breadth of her talent and vision. — Ben Trissel

A Field Guide to Typography by Peter Dawson

Forms in Modernism by Virginia Grace St. George Smith

Designing News by Francesco Franchi

Emigre No. 70 The Look Back Issue by Rudy VanderLans


You can view a full list of the available books in our previous blog posts on Brooklyn Beta & Ampersand. We are looking for more to add to our library, too, so please send us your suggestions.

If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, please get in touch with us through support@typekit.com.


The Typekit pop-up library will appear tomorrow, November 2nd, at Ampersand NYC. The library will be located on the upper level, to the left of the stage entrance and just around the corner. If you saw the pop-up library at Brooklyn Beta, it’ll look a little different this time, as we’ve changed the look and layout to be unique to Ampersand. In addition to hosting a few new books, our space is a little cozier, which we think suits a library well. Come find a book and take a seat for a little while between sessions; maybe you’ll learn something new.

And don’t forget to join us for the after party at the Hudson Bond, 215 West 40th Street. We’ll be there from 7:30pm on!


New additions to the library collection include:

Typeface: Class Typography for Contemporary Design by Tamye Riggs

Here is an ambitious book that covers a lot of ground and does it well. Written and designed by my friends Tamye Riggs and James Grieshaber, respectively, it works as both a visual introduction to typefaces in use in a variety of settings, but can also serve as a colorful reference for future typographic projects. — Christopher Slye

Typoholic by Viction:workshop

Thinking with Type (2nd Edition) by Ellen Lupton

Merz to Emigre and Beyond by Stephen Heller

Playful Type 2 by Robert Klanten; Hendrik Hellige; Jan Middendorp

Interaction of Color – Josef Albers

designing with web standards, Jeffrey Zeldman & Ethan Marcotte

Corporate Diversity – Andres Janser and Barbara Junod

Herb Lubalin – Gertrude Snyder and Alan Peckolick

Symbols Signs Letters - Martin Andersch

Football Type Rick – Banks and Sheridan Bird

Adobe Originals type specimen books: Poetica, Minion, Adobe Caslon, Adobe Garamond, Adobe Jenson, and Garamond Premier.

You can view a full list of the available books in our previous blog post. We are looking for more to add to our library, too, so please send us your suggestions.

If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, please get in touch with us through support@typekit.com.

Photo by Ryan Essmaker.

Today we’re excited to announce the Typekit pop-up library, which is making its debut this week at Brooklyn Beta. If you’re here at the conference and need a break from the bustling crowd, we’ve designed this library to be a unique space to relax a bit and get inspired.

Books are a timeless source of inspiration, education, and influence for the work we do—not only do we respect their content, but also the craftsmanship behind the physical objects. Typekit’s pop-up library is a growing collection of design-centric books—currently numbering around 65 titles—carefully selected by members of the Typekit team. We recommended these because they continue to be useful in our work, and in many cases have even earned a spot on our shelves at home.

Photo by Ryan Essmaker.

Conferences are great for meeting people in person. Meet some of your favorite books in person, too! The library is set up on the mezzanine level at Brooklyn Beta all day, along with some treats from Ovenly Bakery and Bedford Cheese Shop. Stop by to look through a book, enjoy a snack, and say hello to Typekit team members.

Photo by Ryan Essmaker.

For those of you who can not be with us at Brooklyn Beta today and would like to check out the books we brought, here’s the complete list. We picked out 16 of our favorites and wrote a note about what we like most about it. Maybe you’ll find some titles here that can help you in your work too.

Photo by Ryan Essmaker.

Staff Favorites:

Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander Lawson

Another cherished overview of type, arranged as a kind of tour through styles and history. Chapter by chapter, it explores type from its beginning up to the 20th century. This is another book I read from beginning to end. It’s also carefully designed and a pleasure to look at and hold. — Christopher Slye

The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles

Drawing on his vast knowledge of typefaces and keen eye for subtle details, Stephen Coles coaches readers through a collection of simple, striking type samples—highlighting the features that make the typefaces noteworthy, and making suggestions about how each can best be used. — Tim Brown

An Atlas of Typeforms by James Sutton & Alan Bartram

This is an excellent visual overview of movable type as it has evolved over its history. The large format provides enough space to generously cover numerous examples from every significant typographic period. By presenting identical specimens for a variety of similar typefaces, you can easily see and compare their differences. — Christopher Slye

Creative Characters (The MyFonts interviews, vol. 1) by Jan Middendorp

A superb collection of the interviews conducted with type designers for the MyFonts email newsletter. The interviews are so thorough that they absolutely deserved a medium more permanent than email, and this book is that answer. — Elliot Jay Stocks

Hermann Zapf’s Manuale Typographicum by Hermann Zapf

The great type designer and typographer Hermann Zapf designed this book as a celebration of type and typography, as well as a nod to Giambattista Bodoni’s Manuale Tipografico. Each page shows a simple, elegant design, demonstrating the typeface and its function. And like most everything, most of the pages can now be found online. — Ben Trissel

Inside Paragraphs by Cyrus Highsmith

Cyrus Highsmith’s brief book about the basics of typography, with delightful illustrations and no wasted words. The parts about white space are especially great, with useful terms like “glyph space” and handy volumetric comparisons. Simple and enjoyable, yet weighty with wisdom. — Tim Brown

Lettering and Type by Bruce Willen & Nolen Strals

A great primer for the budding typography enthusiast and an excellent reference manual for the more discerning typographer, Post Typography’s book is both educational and visually stimulating—perfect for the coffee table. — Elliot Jay Stocks

Letters of Credit by Walter Tracy

When I was first learning about type, this book was an intelligent and readable resource which covered, all at once, the technology, craft, history of type—and some of its best designers. It’s the kind of book you can read cover-to-cover (and I did). Walter Tracy’s writing is always friendly and approachable. Very much a predecessor in spirit to the better-known Elements of Typographic Style, it was one of the first several books that got me hooked on type. — Christopher Slye

Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann

Something of a typography bible from the highly-regarded and highly-opinionated Erik Spiekermann, using real-world examples—human faces, physical spaces, music, etc.—as metaphors for a deeper understanding of type’s ability to elicit deeply emotional responses in the reader. — Elliot Jay Stocks

The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry by Jay Hambidge

Jay Hembidge spent years studying and analyzing classic art and architecture. From his research, he cataloged the types of proportional systems used in the creation of buildings, books and various artifacts. A fantastic resource for designers frustrated with the blank canvas or blank page. — Ben Trissel

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

From specimens, to symbols, to history and harmony, Robert Bringhurst explains the art and craft of typography like none other. If you buy one book about typography, make it this one. It was my own introduction to the field, and remains a reliable desk reference. — Tim Brown

The Ten Commandments of Typography by Paul Felton

This fun and informal book, divided into “good” and “bad” halves, takes an often-humorous look at the dos and don’ts of typography and presents them in an engaging style. — Elliot Jay Stocks

Typefaces for Books  by James Sutton & Alan Bartram

A straightforward book of text type specimens, with some interesting introductory notes. This is one of my favorite specimen books because of the quantity of typefaces shown and the extensive text specimens. The book’s British origin means some faces lesser-known to US readers are included. — Christopher Slye

Typographic Quest by West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co.

WestVaCo commissioned this “inspirational” series as a method of showcasing their papers. The math was simple: pair exciting design with WestVaCo papers, and give the results to customers, who will in turn buy more paper. Each issue is about 28 pages in length and covers a specific aspect of typography: size, weight, structure, form, texture, color, and direction. — Ben Trissel

Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller & Lita Talarico

Glimpse into the rarely-seen sketchbooks of the world’s most respected designers in this behind-the-scenes book that provides healthy doses of inspiration and celebrates the power of these hand-drawn ideas. — Elliot Jay Stocks

U&lc Influencing Design and Typography by John Berry

Because so much of modern design and production happened in this magazine. If you were a designer in the 70′s and 80′s, U&lc was a constant in your studio. A product of Herb Lubalin and International Type Corporation, every issue featured fantastic spec sheets and Herb Lubalin’s signature style. Fonts.com has made a lot of the U&lc archives available in low-res pdf. — Ben Trissel

A Tally of Types by Stanley Morison

Book Design by Andrew Haslam

Content Strategy for Mobile by Karen McGrane

Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter

Designing with the Mind in Mind by Jeff Johnson

Design is A Job by Mike Monteiro

Digital Typography by Donald E. Knuth

Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug

Dot-font – Talking About Fonts by John D. Berry

Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

Execute by Josh Long

Finer Points in the Spacing and Arrangement of Type by Goeffrey Dowding

Frederic Goudy by D.J.R. Bruckner

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design by Bryony Gomez-Palacio & Armin Vit

Graphic Design: The New Basics by Ellen Lupton

Helvetica and the New York City Subway System by Paul Shaw

Jan Tschichold: Typographer by Ruari McLean

Language Culture Type: International Type Design in the Age of Unicode by John D. Berry (Ed.)

Made with FontFont by Jan Middendorp & Erik Spiekermann

Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski

Offscreen Series by Kai Brach

On Book Design by Richard Hendel

Revival of the Fittest – Digital Versions of Classic Typefaces by Philip B. Meggs (Ed.)

The Anatomy of Type by Stephen Coles

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane

The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett

The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold

The Fundamentals of Typography by Gavin Ambrose & Paul Harris

The Humane Interface by Jef Raskin

The Inmates Are Running the Asylum by Alan Cooper

The Thames and Hudson Manual of Typography by Ruari McLean

The Typographic Desk Reference by Theodore Rosendorf

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

Twentieth Century Type Designers  by Sebastian Carter

Twenty-Two Tips on Typography by Enric Jardi

Typographers on Type by Ruari McLean (Ed.)

Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin & Bruce Hanington

Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, & Jill Butler

Photo by Ryan Essmaker.

If you think Typekit’s pop-up library would be a good fit for your event, please get in touch with us through support@typekit.com.  We are also looking for more books to add to our library and would like to hear your suggestions.