Aha, good to hear you are interested to gain more knowledge in type design and are looking for useful sources. You can already find long
, very long
& really long
reading lists on the internet, so we'll keep it short and provide only 3 titles of hands-on books & 1 bonus title:
1) The Stroke — Gerrit Noordzij
Many books show novices how stuff should be done, and if you follow that you can be a similar expert too. However, this book shows you not to follow somebody else, but instead provides enough foundations to start following yourself. Truly inspirational.
2) Finer Points in Spacing & Arrangement of Type — Geoffrey Dowding
Shows the basics of typography, spacing, leading, all that stuff you need to know to make text work. Useful for web & print designers. Old skool classic from 1954, luckily available in reprint again since 1995.
3) Inside Paragraphs — Cyrus Highsmith
If you have never designed type yourself, or if you have tried but directly stopped because you couldn't control your letters, this book is what you need. The books simply shows how letters work together, and how they create sentences and how those are perceived by readers. This is all shown in a very simple way, which is as we all know very hard to achieve. A brilliant book for students.
Bonus: The Nymph and the Grot — James Mosley
This book proves that writing on the history of type doesn’t have to be boring. Ignore the wrong fiber direction of the paper, and just read this book on the history of sans serifs because of its innovative look. An eye-opener. (Basically you should read anything by James Mosley