about the author

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

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

I live in Los Ange­les with my wife Jes­sica and Roxy the boxer.

You can reach me at mb@typog­ra­phy­for­lawyers.com. I wel­come com­ments and cor­rec­tions. I do not, how­ever, dis­pense indi­vid­u­al­ized cri­tiques or rec­om­men­da­tions. Nor do I have Word tem­plates to give away. After all, the point of the book is for you to learn how to do these things your­self.

Typog­ra­phy for Law­yers is © 2010–15 Matthew But­t­er­ick. All rights reserved.

Image credits

But­ter­fly bal­lot and redesigned bal­lot in Why typography matters: © 2003 William Lid­well, Kritina Holden, and Jill But­ler, from their book Uni­ver­sal Prin­ci­ples of Design (see bibliography). Used with per­mis­sion.

High­way sign in What is typography: © iStock­photo.com / Dou­ble_Vi­sion. Used under license. Mod­i­fied by Matthew But­t­er­ick.

Man­ual type­writer in Type composition: © iStock­photo.com / slobo. Used under license.

Com­puter key­board in Type composition: © iStock­photo.com / Amor­phis. Used under license. Mod­i­fied by Matthew But­t­er­ick.

Metal type in Hyphens and dashes: Pub­lic-domain image. Avail­able from Wiki­me­dia Com­mons.

Caslon type spec­i­men in text formatting: Pub­lic-domain image. Avail­able from Wiki­me­dia Com­mons.

Page from the Kelm­scott Chaucer in page layout: Pub­lic-domain image. Scanned by Liam Quin (avail­able at fro­mold­books.org).

Let­ter from B. F. Hal­lett in sample documents: Pub­lic-domain image. Avail­able from the Library of Con­gressAmer­i­can Mem­ory” col­lec­tion (avail­able from mem­ory.loc.gov).

Author illus­tra­tion: © 2006 Noli Novak. Used under license.