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Old 02-16-2006, 06:49 AM   #1
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Because I have bought type-related books before, Amazon.com is now touting a new book called "Type Rules! :The Designer's Guide to Professional Typography." by Ilene Strizver.

I know nothing about Ilene Strizver except that she is founder of The Font Studio and apparently based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

What are the prospects this book is worth $45 (paperback)?

I note that the Amazon page includes a "must-have" rave from Prof. Ed Benguiat.

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Old 02-16-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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Because I have bought type-related books before, Amazon.com is now touting a new book called "Type Rules! :The Designer's Guide to Professional Typography." by Ilene Strizver.
Ilene was in charge of typeface development at ITC, where she worked with Allan Haley and Ed Benguiat. Unless she has moved recently, she lives in Connecticut. (She teaches part-time in NYC — Bulgaria would be quite a commute.)

The book was first published five or so years ago; this is the second edition. Whether it would be useful to you depends on what you are interested in. I can’t find my copy to check, but as I remember it, the book is mostly a guide to advertising typography rather than a type usage manual.

(I am changing the title — it gave me a start to see just Ilene’s name alone, somewhat like an obituary!)

   
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Ilene was in charge of typeface development at ITC, where she worked with Allan Haley and Ed Benguiat. Unless she has moved recently, she lives in Connecticut. (She teaches part-time in NYC — Bulgaria would be quite a commute.)
(I am changing the title — it gave me a start to see just Ilene’s name alone, somewhat like an obituary!)
I have a Firefox Extension which displays info about an IP address when you mouse over a name; it gives the location of The Type Studio as Sofia.

Editorial name change accepted/appreciated.

Amazon does not bill this as a second edition, just as a pre-release. It suggests I also buy "Thinking with Type...." by Ellen Lupton. (I know nothing of her, either.)

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Old 02-16-2006, 08:39 AM   #4
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Amazon does not bill this as a second edition, just as a pre-release. It suggests I also buy "Thinking with Type...." by Ellen Lupton. (I know nothing of her, either.)
I was disappointed with the Lupton book. But I can’t seem to find that now, either. I semi-remember that its target was college-level design students, but hate to say anything until I have a chance to refresh my memory.

If you are interested in usage guides, I would need to think about it. Some of the old books (Oliver Simon, Ruari McLean, et al) offer excellent advice but much of it needs to be translated to the digital world. Many new ones are computer/software related and give (IMHO) puzzling advice.

Some interesting books on aspects of type (which you may already have read):
  • Counterpunch: Making type in the 16th century, designing typefaces now by Fred Smeijers
  • Anatomy of a Typeface by Alexander Lawson
  • Letters of Credit: A view of type design by Walter Tracy
But these are not usage manuals so much as guides to the historical context.

   
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Ilene Strizver and I are putting together the Type Education program for this coming TypeCon 2006 being held in Boston in August.

Howard, I notice you live in Hudson, Mass. You might want to mark it on your calendar and sit in for a few sessions. James Craig, author of "Designing with Type" will also be there with us.

Kathleen - I hope to see you there as well.
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Ilene Strizver and I are putting together the Type Education program for this coming TypeCon 2006 being held in Boston in August.

Kathleen - I hope to see you there as well.
Nice idea — I would love to. Have to see how my stupid back is, though. I have been meaning to go to a TypeCon since the very first, and haven’t managed to make even one.

And Boston in August is SO-O-O comfortable, too! <g>

   
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Ilene Strizver and I are putting together the Type Education program for this coming TypeCon 2006 being held in Boston in August.

Howard, I notice you live in Hudson, Mass. You might want to mark it on your calendar and sit in for a few sessions. James Craig, author of "Designing with Type" will also be there with us.

Kathleen - I hope to see you there as well.
Second invite I've had to TypeCon..maybe I'll go. (First invite, of sorts, was from Susan Darbyshire, who was the designer at Scitex until the bad days came on.)

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First invite, of sorts, was from Susan Darbyshire...
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It's a small (type) world. I actually contacted Susan Darbyshire months ago to get her involved. Susan and I worked together at Agfa, and she was my virtual right arm when we managed the The Type Directors Club Travelling Exhibit for years. I think TypeCon can be a reunion of sorts.
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