The Art of Usage Guides

‘The Elements of Style Illustrated’ 2005, Viking

This morning, while I was browsing around one of my favorite websites, I came across an article which mentions the 2005 edition of William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s classic The Elements of Style. This edition is illustrated by the American artist, author, and visual blogger for The New York Times, Maira Kalman. Her illustrations are whimsical and lovely. A few images from The Elements of Style Illustrated can be viewed here.

This beautiful edition led me to wonder whether there are other illustrated style or usage guides available. The results of a quick google search suggest that the answer to this question is ‘no.’ However, if any readers of this blog can recommend other illustrated style or usage guides, please let us know. Or, better yet, send us your own illustrations representing specific usage guides or usage problems so we can compile a collection to share.

On a different note, I can’t resist mentioning one of the greatest videos I’ve seen in a while. This video was also featured on The Elements of Style Rap, by Jake Heller (‘Strunk’) and Ben Teitelbaum (‘White’). Get ready to giggle.

Screenshot, Vimeo from The Style Blog of The Washington Post.

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One Response to The Art of Usage Guides

  1. “Getting Your English Right” (2001) – a usage guide for Norwegians by Stewart Clark includes cartoons illustrating specific problems, as do “Word for Word (OUP 2003) by Stewart and me, and “Words: A User’s Guide” (Pearson 2008) also by us.

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