Why Bible Typography Matters

Here’s a treat for a Friday afternoon: check out Mark Ward, Jr.’s video “Why Bible Typography Matters”! Mark shares our concern for good design, and has put together a wonderful step-by-step explanation of how the typographical choices we make influence the way the text is experienced.

Keep your eyes peeled around the thirty-minute mark and you’ll recognize an image from Bible Design Blog. If you enjoy the video, be sure to check out Mark’s blog, and his Bible Typography Manifesto.

5 Comments on “Why Bible Typography Matters

  1. And Baptists, notice that God’s preferred method is sprinkling! 😉

  2. Thanks for sharing this resource. These concepts are important but not new. Several reader friendly editions have been published in recent decades. The New English Bible (1960s) used many of the principles advocated on this blog and in the linked video. So did the Jeruslem Bible (60s and 70s) and New Jerusalem Bible (1990s). Though these editions were popular outside the U.S. they didn’t catch on here. But their design was good and it’s exciting to see these ideas catching on at home. I do wish conservative American publishers would catch up more quickly. Thanks for keeping the idea alive and well.

  3. I was really excited to try the ESV Readers Edition, and committed to a month to give it a work-out. About 2 weeks in, I wanted to give up on it, but felt constrained by my personal commitment. At the end of the month, I put it away and haven’t touched it since. It felt really uncomfortable reading from it. I was so relieved to get back into a double-column Bible with chapter/verse numbers and footnotes. Honestly, that response really surprised me.

  4. I love my single column verse-by-verse. I read pages at a time, not just verses at a time.
    I use the extra white space for notes and xrefs.

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