Typography for Lawyers, 2nd Ed.

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November 2015
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by Matthew Butterick

Book Features

Originally released to great acclaim in 2010, Typography for Lawyers was the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, an attorney and Harvard-trained typographer, dispelled the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explained how to get professional results with the tools you already have quickly and easily.

Butterick got his degree in design and typography from Harvard. He began his career as a font designer in Boston. At the beginning of the Internet era, Butterick started Atomic Vision, a website-design company in San Francisco. Later, he attended UCLA law school and became a member of the California bar. In 2012, Butterick received the Legal Writing Institute’s Golden Pen Award for Typography for Lawyers.

Butterick’s other projects include Practical Typography, an online book (practicaltypography.com), the fonts Equity, Concourse, Triplicate, and Advocate, and Pollen, software for publishing electronic books (pollenpub.com).

Butterick lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jessica and Roxy the boxer.

New Features for 2015

Revised and updated, Typography for Lawyers 2nd builds on the topics and tutorials included in the first edition with 20 pages of new material. The second edition includes:

  • New topics such as email, footnotes, alternate figures, and OpenType features.
  • Advice for presentations, contracts, grids of numbers, and court opinions.
  • Technical tips covering the newest versions of Word and WordPerfect for Windows and OS X.
  • New font recommendations, including two that are free.
  • New essays on the font copyrights, screen-reading considerations, and typographic disputes that have reached the courts.
  • A refreshed layout, featuring type features designed by the author.

Table of Contents

Foreword Introduction Why typography matters What is typography? Who is typography for? Why does typography matter? What is good typography? Where do the rules come from? Type composition Basic Rules Straight and curly quotes One space between sentences Paragraph and section marks Hyphens and dashes Ampersands Signature lines Trademark and copyright symbols Ellipses Advanced Rules Apostrophes Accented characters Foot and inch marks White-space characters Word spaces Nonbreaking spaces Tabs and tab stops Hard line breaks Carriage returns Hard page breaks Optional hyphens Math symbols Ligatures Text formatting Basic Rules Underlining Goofy fonts Monospaced fonts System fonts Bold or italic All caps Point size Advanced Rules Headings Letterspacing Kerning Color Alternate figures Ordinals Web and email addresses Emails Small caps Hierarchical headings OpenType features Mixing fonts Font recommendations Page layout Basic Rules Centered text Justified text First-line indents Space between paragraphs Line spacing Line length Page margins Watermarks Body text Hyphenation Block quotations Bulleted and numbered lists Advanced Rules Tables Rules and borders Widow and orphan control Space above and below Page break before Keep lines together Keep with next paragraph Columns Footnotes Line numbers Bates numbering Paragraph and character styles Maxims of page layout Sample documents Caption pages Motions Research memos Letterhead Business cards Résumés Grids of numbers Presentations Contracts Court opinions Appendix Typewriter habits How to interpret court rules Printers and paper How to make a PDF Bibliography Afterword Acknowledgments

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