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Typography for Lawyers

Typography for Lawyers

By Matthew Butterick
Format: Softbound portable book
Dimensions: 7 x 8.5"
Page Count: 220
ISBN: 978-1-59839-077-3
Price: $25.00

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Based on the popular website, Typography for Lawyers is the first guide to the essentials of typography aimed specifically at lawyers. Author Matthew Butterick, a Harvard-trained typographer and practicing attorney, dispels the myth that legal documents are incompatible with excellent typography. Butterick explains how to get professional results with the tools you already have—quickly and easily. Topics include special keyboard characters, line length, point size, font choice, headings, and hyphenation. The book also includes tutorials on specific types of documents like résumés, research memos, and motions.

Special Offer! One-Hour Q&A Session with Matthew Butterick. With the purchase of 25 books or more, you will also receive a one-hour webinar session with the author. Matthew will take questions and offer extra tips on typography for your practice. Call 800-OCONNOR (626-6667) for details.
Matthew Butterick got his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in visual & environmental studies. Butterick’s work is in the permanent collection of the Houghton Library at Harvard.

Butterick started his career as a font designer and engineer, working for David Berlow and Matthew Carter on projects for Apple Computer, Microsoft, Ziff-Davis, and others. Neville Brody featured his work in FUSE, Brody’s journal of experimental typography. Butterick designed Herald Gothic, Wessex, and the popular sans serif family Hermes.

At the beginning of the Internet era, Butterick moved to San Francisco and founded Atomic Vision, a website design and engineering company. Butterick and his staff created award-winning websites for Internet pioneers like CNET, Netscape, Verisign, and Wired magazine. Butterick lectured in the United States and Europe on website development and user-interface design.

Atomic Vision was acquired by open-source software developer Red Hat. Butterick was part of the management team behind Red Hat’s successful IPO and its transition to Internet-based distribution.

Butterick attended UCLA law school and became a member of the California bar in 2007. He handles civil litigation at Butterick Law Corporation (www.buttericklaw.com).

Butterick is also an accomplished pianist and musician whose credits include the San Francisco production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Butterick lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife Jessica and Roxy the boxer.


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
straight and curly quotes
one space between sentences
question marks and exclamation points
semicolons and colons
paragraph and section marks
parentheses, brackets, and braces
hyphens and dashes
trademark and copyright symbols
signature lines

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
nonbreaking hyphens
optional hyphens
math symbols

Text formatting
goofy fonts
monospaced fonts
system fonts
bold or italic
all caps
point size

small caps
web and e-mail addresses
hierarchical headings
mixing fonts

Times New Roman

Font samples

Page layout
centered text
justified text
first-line indents
space between paragraphs
line spacing
line length
page margins
body text
block quotations
bulleted and numbered lists

rules and borders
widow and orphan control
keep lines together
keep with next paragraph
page break before
line numbers
Bates numbering
paragraph and character styles
maxims of page layout

Sample documents
caption pages
research memos
business cards

how to interpret court rules
printers and paper
how to make a PDF


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