sample documents

A precursor to the modern nastygram. Published in Boston, 1853.

Now it’s time to put every­thing together. Like good writ­ing, good typog­ra­phy isn’t deter­mined by ele­ments in iso­la­tion but by the rela­tion­ships of those ele­ments and the effect of the whole.

So far we’ve looked at typo­graphic rules indi­vid­u­ally. In this chap­ter, we’ll apply these rules to some com­mon legal doc­u­ments. Your goal is to get bet­ter at see­ing typo­graphic flaws in lay­outs and fix­ing them.

Each sam­ple doc­u­ment is shown as a before- and-after demon­stra­tion:before” rep­re­sents a typ­i­cal lay­out with the usual bad habits;after” rep­re­sents a lay­out upgraded with the lessons of this book.

The sam­ples in this chap­ter were cre­ated with Microsoft Word—no spe­cial trick­ery was used. (The names and sit­u­a­tions in the sam­ple doc­u­ments are, of course, fic­tional.)