Design Tip of the Day: Read Butterick’s Practical Typography


This week, the thoughtful and talented Andrew Dlugan shared a design resource with me: Butterick’s Practical Typography.  I’d never heard of this online book before, but I quickly dove in and got lost in the information.  The simplicity and elegance of the website drew me in, but the information kept me engaged for longer than I’d care to admit.  If you’re interested in learning more about typography and becoming a stronger designer in the area of type, this is a must-read.  The best part?  It’s free online!


I started with “Typography in Ten Minutes” which guaranteed that if I read the information, I’d be a typography superstar.  I moved onto “Summary of Key Rules” and an enlightening chapter called “Why Typography Matters.”  (I especially enjoyed the compare these two resumes activity here.)  My favorite part was “Font Recommendations” including alternatives to fonts we know and overuse.  If you’re into font hating, check out “Bad Fonts” for a laugh.  This is such an information-rich resource that I will definitely be turning to again and again.

Are you into type?  What is your favorite typeface?