Free Book Sample: Design Fundamentals Notes on Type

Even if you’re a true typophile with a bookshelf full of titles on typography and type design, I bet you’ve never seen a book quite like Design Fundamentals: Notes on Type by Rose Gonnella, Christopher Navetta, and Max Friedman.


This is simply the most fun and engaging book on type I’ve ever seen. It’s completely hand-drawn and set up to look like the notebook of a very creative (and funny) design student. It reads almost like a graphic novel about type, and you can learn a lot without it ever feeling like a lesson.



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Click here to download a  full chapter sample of Design Fundamentals Notes on Type (25-page PDF, 37 MB).

Click here to download a smaller, 4-Page sample (11 MB).

Here’s the full description of the book from the folks at Peachpit:

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Type looks like a design student’s sketchbook with handwritten notes and full-color, hand-drawn illustrations. But it’s more than that. This gorgeously illustrated “notebook” is a full-blown typography course in disguise. Young designers are lured in by the lush graphics and quirky layout only to discover by the end of the book that they’ve learned all of the key concepts taught in a foundational course on type. They’ll learn about the history of letterforms, the anatomy and physiology of type, the basics of measurements and spacing, how to recognize and choose type for design projects, and more.

Fun and fast-paced, this creative notebook isn’t required reading, it’s desired reading; and it’s the third in a series of Design Fundamentals books that students will want to keep and enjoy long after they’ve mastered these basic building blocks of design.

This book includes:
• Core instruction on the history, anatomy, and structure of type
• Direction on the basics of measurement and spacing: leading, kerning, indents, and line lengths both in text and display sizes, and optical measurement considerations.
• Examination of the use, mood, and “voice” of type as seen in creative work and professional examples
• Exercises and projects for practice and concept development
• Strange and delightful illustrations created specifically for this book (to inspire action)
• A companion website stocked with additional projects, a bibliography, glossary, and links to additional visual examples.

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

2 Comments on Free Book Sample: Design Fundamentals Notes on Type

  1. Please send me link to free download.

  2. @kathie: There is no free download of the entire book. You can download a sample (a full chapter) from the link above.

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