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The author's introduction, How Did He Get So Cranky?, provides background and sets forth the rationale for The Cranky Typographer's Book of Major Annoyances.

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The Cranky Typographer's Book
of Major Annoyances:
Helpful Graphics Tips
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The Cranky Typographer's
Book of Major Annoyances:
Helpful Graphics Tips
for Do-It-Yourself Designers

By Reginald W. Bacon
(Newburyport, Mass.:
Variety Arts Press, 2014)
240 pages; indexed
ISBN: 978-0-9817945-7-0
LOC: 2013921717

Today almost everyone with a computer on their desk gets pressed into service as a "designer-by-default" --- but without any training in the craft. This information-packed book offers an introduction to professional typography and page layout that will improve both the look and effectiveness of do-it-yourself "desktop" design projects. The author, adopting the persona of The Cranky Typographer, first identifies the common missteps in typography and design, then explains how to avoid them. Over 250 illustrative examples, encompassing the good, the bad, and the hopeless, are derived from the author's five decades of varied real-world experience. Is the author really that cranky? Read the book, find out, and along the way learn what you never knew about the venerable craft of typography and the still-current principles of functional, effective design.

This is the same book as distributed at the author's seminars on typography and design. For even more comprehensive information about the book and the seminar --- plus valuable editorial and graphics tips for do-it-yourself writers and designers --- visit the dedicated website, www.crankytypographer.com.

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