Butterick’s Practical Typography

July 14, 2014

design / typography

This book is based on three principles.

  1. Good ty­pog­ra­phy is part of good writing.
  2. As a pro­fes­sion­al writer, you should hold your doc­u­ments to the same stan­dards as pro­fes­sion­al­ly pub­lished ma­te­r­i­al. Why? Be­cause your doc­u­ments are pro­fes­sion­al­ly pub­lished material.

    More­over, much of what writ­ers con­sid­er prop­er ty­pog­ra­phy is an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of bad habits and ur­ban leg­ends. These will be set aside in fa­vor of pro­fes­sion­al ty­po­graph­ic habits.

  3. Any writer can mas­ter the es­sen­tials of good typography.