Competition: five copies of Ridiculous Typography
Rules to be won


Dezeen and Anneloes van Gaalen, author of Never Use More Than Two Different Typefaces And 50 Other Ridiculous Typography Rules, have teamed up to offer readers the chance to win one of five copies.

The 152-page book contains 51 rules about typography with quotes from designers and illustrations of each one.

See also:

Ridiculous Fashion Rules
Ridiculous Advertising Rules
Ridiculous Design Rules

This competition has now closed.

Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter and at the bottom of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country. Read our privacy policy here.

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Here are some more details from van Gaalen:

Never Use More Than Two Different Typefaces And 50 other Ridiculous Typography Rules

This is the fifth book in the Ridiculous Design Rules series by Anneloes van Gaalen. This new publication is about ridiculous (or not...) rules in typography, a joy for graphic designers and everyone who has anything to do with designing texts. Like no other, this is a world that is held together by rules, which designers, of course, often take great delight in breaking. In this series, ‘ridiculous’ is a relative term, because what is nonsense for one can be an important guideline for another. In these pleasing and educational books, it is not about laying down the law.

For each of the 51 rules covered in each book, Van Gaalen refers to quotes by famous fellow designers, who either think there is something to the rule or have made a personal variation of it. Whether you agree with them or not, the Ridiculous Design books sharpen your own thoughts about the rules and the assumed truths of design, advertising, fashion, photography and the Internet. Each rule is convincingly illustrated, with the illustrations either confirming or disproving the rule in question.

ISBN: 978-90-6369-216-2
Edited by: Anneloes van Gaalen
Designed by: BORN’84
152 pages


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Congratulations to the winners! Grace Carroll in the UK, Filip Zumberovic from Serbia, David Klemmer in Austria, Izabela Moskal from Poland and Valentina Puzderca from Romania.

Posted on Tuesday January 18th 2011 at 11:10 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Would love to win this! Thanks!

  • Noud van den Boer

    Is Annaloes Dutch? anyway i like to win the book.
    Gr Noud

  • I hope to win!!! =)

  • I hope to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • A book on 'typophrenia' perhaps? The study of human passion for type :)


      A book about TYPOPHILIA !

  • Polinator

    Great book. Can't wait to win!


    i just recently went to get my weeding invites printed and as i was going around to different places to try find the best quote i came across these jerks that actually told me off for using to many fonts and lectured me on the rules of graphic design and how one should only use 2 different fonts. I ignored them because the invites looked good and now that i have seen this book, it gives me some satisfaction that what i did was good and it would give me even more satisfaction if you let me win this book so i can waltz back in there and throw it violently at there heads hopefully that way i wont just hurt there self-esteem but it will also hurt them physically.



  • I hope to win! :)

  • China Yon

    I want it!!! send it to Africa

  • Firstly, I would like to wish everybody at DEZEEN a happy and successful new year.

    Typography is the most important part of modern life, especially when the typeface is well combined with the design. I enjoy well balanced design and type, simpler the better. Because I work and am interested in graphic design and photography, I would like to learn more, and see fine examples and also learn new typography rules.

  • M.C.

    Finally an interesting design book series. We need more people, like Van Gaalen, who actively engage in taking apart design so we can get a grip on what it actually is. "Design" and its rules has become ridiculous indeed.

    And by the way, congratulations dezeen on posting this. I've read and looked at something I actually want to remember. The post has been bookmarked on my delicious account.

  • artschema

    To which email we send the design for the competition?

  • whatwhenwhat

    So… am I on time for this? I am the procrastinatory type but also deserve some luck!

  • gianfrancosetzu

    I WANTH !!!