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Typographic Systems

Typographic Systems

Princeton Architectural Press

By Kimberly Elam


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Typographic organization has always been a complex system in that there are so many elements at play, such as hierarchy, order of reading, legibility, and contrast. In Typographic Systems, Kim Elam, author of our bestselling books, Geometry of Design and Grid Systems, explores eight major structural frameworks beyond the gridincluding random, radial, modular, and bilateralsystems. By taking the reader through exercises, student work, and professional examples, Elam offers a broad range of design solutions.

Once essential visual organization systems are understood the designer can fluidly organize words or images within a structure, combination of structures, or a variation of a structure. With clarity and substance, each systemfrom the structured axis to the nonhierarchical radial arrayis explained and explored so that the reader comes away with a better understanding of these intricate complex arrangements. Typographic Systems is the seventh title in our bestselling Design Briefs series, which has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

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Size: 7 x 8-1/2 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
55 color and 400 b/w images
Format: Paperback
Publication: April 2007
ISBN: 9781568986876
ISBN10: 1568986874
Kimberly Elam is chairperson of the Graphic and Interactive Communication Department at the RinglingSchool of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Her books Geometry of Design and Grid Systems have become standard reference works for students and practicing designers.