Saturday, August 4, 2012

the essence of typography

I like how Robert Bringhurst, in his book, The Elements of Typographic Style, sums up the art of typography (page 11).
Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form, and thus with an independent existence.  Its heartwood is calligraphy-the dance, on a tiny stage, of the living, speaking hand-and its roots reach into living soil, though its branches may be hung each year with new machines.  So long as the root lives, typography remains a source of true delight, true knowledge, true surprise.

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