Second edition now in paperback!

  • new low price
  • revised and updated
  • 9.25 x 12 inches (23.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • 216 pages
  • softcover with silver foil-stamping
  • yellow gilded edges
  • new type descriptions by Stephen Coles
  • hundreds of typefaces + type combinations
  • free or low-cost alternate typefaces
  • new visual index of page layouts

Second Edition

in Typography

Carolina de Bartolo with Stephen Coles and Erik Spiekermann

Order Paperback 

Good news! The second edition of Explorations in Typography is now available in paperback. The softcover edition has all the same great typesetting examples and cool typefaces, as well as our handy visual index of page layouts and grids. We still have the same excerpt from Stop Stealing Sheep by Erik Spiekermann and typeface descriptions by Stephen Coles along with an index of alternate typefaces that are low-cost or free for educational use. Get it all at a new low price!

Unfortunately, we no longer ship internationally. However, you can order the digital edition below.

Order Digital Edition 

  • completely revised and updated
  • 9.25 x 12 inches (23.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • 216 pages
  • casebound in matte silver bookcloth
  • black silkscreened cover with silver foil-stamping
  • yellow gilded edges
  • type descriptions by Stephen Coles
  • hundreds of typefaces + type combinations
  • free or low-cost alternate typefaces
  • visual index of page layouts


  • Type Director’s Club (TDC no. 63) Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • AIGA + Design Observer 50 Books/50 Covers 2016
  • TDC (Type Director’s Club) Annual no.58
  • AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers 2011
  • FPO Awards 2013, Honorable mention
  • I.D. magazine Annual Design Review 2012
  • Print magazine Color in Design Awards 2013
  • Awwwards.com, Site of the Day 2011

Praise for the first edition

As someone who works with typography and design every day, I have a few books I turn to when I need to clear my mind of clutter. One of my favorites is Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, which includes this rumination on the sanctity of the title page: “Think of the blank page as alpine meadow, or as the purity of undifferentiated being. The typographer enters this space and must change it. The reader will enter it later, to see what the typographer has done.” Lines like this refresh my understanding of the task at hand and clarify my sense of purpose. Carolina de Bartolo’s book, Explorations in Typography, has a similar effect, albeit via entirely different means.”

…this impressive ‘visual textbook’…shows how small changes can have a big impact on the look and liveliness of text type.”
—Communication Arts magazine

…a marvelous book that explains some of the most commonly used typesetting devices…a welcome addition to any design bookshelf.”
—The Designers Review of Books

An atlas for the typographic explorer. The book is an inspiration, both in terms of its sheer design quality and the lessons it imparts.”
—The New Code

I have noticed so many things with my typesetting already that I didn't notice before, and I have just started the book.”
—J.G., design student

This book is rocking!”
—W.C., design student

Wow, what a book! It’s the perfect blend of form and function. A true work of minimalist genius.”
—P.M., designer

…some wonderful teaching materials.”
—C.G., design professor, The Illinois Institute of Art

I want you to know how valuable this book is and it is one of the only books that actually shows how to do style sheets that make beautiful paragraphs. Thank you for that.”
—G.A., design professor, California State University

I love it—it’s very beautiful and shows a wide array of advanced options for thinking about layout.”
—B.L., design professor, Portland State University

it is a beautifully designed book that visually folds in numerous ideas about design in an accessible and thoughtful manner.”
—M.L.A., type and graphic designer and lecturer

The book is very very useful for me, but even more useful to teach my senior as well as my junior designers at the studio.”
—W.D.O., creative director

…something quite unique in the industry!”
—N.R., publisher

…beautifully crafted and thoughtfully produced.”
—E.S., design professor, San Mateo Community College

I feel like my mind has been trained when I see all the beauty in a book like this!”
—R.L., design student

Masterful à la Müller-Brockmann’s Grid Systems.”
—D.T., startup founder and CEO

I really love it, wish I had gotten it sooner.”
—J.D., designer

Order Paperback 


  • All transactions are processed through PayPal.
  • Explorations in Typography ships anywhere in the world. Orders will only be shipped to confirmed PayPal shipping addresses. International orders allow at least 10 business days for delivery.
  • All books ship from the US. Be sure to select the correct shipping option for your location or your order may be delayed in processing.
  • For international shipments, recipient is responsible for all possible customs duties, tariffs, taxes and Value Added Taxes (VAT), which may be collected by the carrier upon delivery.
  • We regret that we are unable to accept returns or give refunds at this time.
  • Questions about your transaction can be directed to us at info@explorationsintypography.com.
  • Inquiries regarding bulk orders, examination or review copies can be directed to us at info@explorationsintypography.com.