• Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, almost 8 years ago

    Elliot, I'm a self-trained web and product designer that never got a proper foundation on typography and grid systems. Where would you recommend I start? Any salient advice?

    Huge fan of your work. Thanks for doing this AMA.

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    • Elliot Jay Stocks, almost 8 years ago (edited almost 8 years ago )

      Hi Jonathan. Thanks so much for the kind words!

      I’m entirely self-trained as well and have no formal education in design, so I might not be the best person to ask! ;)

      However, there are a couple of great books on typography that I’d recommend, and both do a great job of acting as easy-to-access primers that also get into the nitty gritty as you delve in: Erik Spiekermann’s Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works and Ellen Lupton’s Thinking with Type.

      As for grids, Josef Mülller-Brockmann’s Grid Systems in Graphic Design is the one everyone always recommends, although personally I haven’t read it. For a concise yet thorough overview of grids and page layout theory, I can thoroughly recommend Alexander Ross Charchar’s web-based article ‘The Secret Law of Page Harmony’.

      I hope that helps!

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