What goes on inside a paragraph of printed text? Cyrus Highsmith's Inside Paragraphs is an essential primer on the basics of typography that focuses specifically on the role of printed text within a paragraph. Engaging full-page illustrations and Highsmith's accessible explanations show the role of white space between letters, words, and lines. Perfect for students and professionals alike, this updated edition includes a new preface.
About the Author
Cyrus Highsmith is a typographer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at the Rhode Island School of Design and leads workshops and lectures frequently in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. His type foundry, Occupant Fonts, offers dozens of original typefaces and clients include Rolling Stone, starwars.com, Ford, La Prensa Gráfica, ESPN, and El Universal. In 2017, he became creative director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club and AIGA.
"Cyrus Highsmith takes the lid off a paragraph of type and shows its inner workings. There is nothing you need to understand about using type that's not in this book. [Highsmith] explains the correct terms for the typographic components of form and space that make a letter, a word, a line, a paragraph, and he does it with clear drawings, simple language, and a legible typeface for the text."
- Matthew Carter
"Cyrus Highsmith whisks you down the rabbit hole of typographic technique. Before you know it, you will not only be able to kern, track, rag, and hyphenate your paragraphs like a pro, you'll be able to explain the underlying science to everyone you know."
- Ellen Lupton
"No matter how much you think you know about type, [Highsmith] teaches you there's more to learn."
- Steven Heller
"Inside Paragraphs should be required reading for everyone who studies typography and graphic design. It will also be of interest to anyone else wondering why typography matters."
- Paul Shaw