Jan Tschichold (–) is a reputed European typographer. Very few of those who write about typography and book design (and they are. 28/01/ · Dallas, TX · The Form of the Book, by Jan Tschichold, is the authority on book design and the best book I have ever read on typography (and I ‘ve. THE OF FORM THE BOOK The form of the Book offers the harvest of a lifetime’s devotion to the art of typography. Its author, Jan Tschichold.

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Fbrc Wltrck rated it really liked it Jan 06, Much like web designers should be taking into account when choosing fonts, font-sizes, and colors for a website.

The title is very appropriate as The Form of the Jwn Non-fictional collection of essays that discuss typography and book layout. My Take Oh my god, what a pretentious twit! If you have ever had a chance to observe a real master at work, you may have marvelled at how quick and easy everything looked. Highly influenced by the Bauhaus of the Weimar Republic, Tschichold made his first bold statement with Tje Neue Typography in thd, decrying the staid, serifed, uninteresting layouts of symmetry and building a framework for balanced yet asymmetrical typographical compositions.

Little by little books appeared in smaller formats and proportions which are still conventional today: He loves the finer points of design and book production, and there are eloquent passages on gorm spacing of ellipses, the thickness of an em-dash, the positioning of illustrations, and — two of his pet hates — white paper and the design of book jackets.

But the German word has musical connotations which its English cognate lacks. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Unless the work consists of unusually long sentences, it is also unnecessary to increase the space after a period.

As a web designer this book taught me how to set readable, easy-to-digest blocks tschicho,d type. Yet when a selection is made, one has to keep in mind the fonts already available in order to avoid inherently disharmonious mixtures.


He was a German refugee who had made his mark as a radical modernist in with the publication of Die Neue Typografie.

And Tschichold is definitely on his moral high horse about the proper techniques to use! Leggendolo si comprende l’importanza del rigore nel lavoro. Part of me wants to strangle him for his obdurate, close-minded nature while the other half applauds his attention to detail.

Chantal Bellemare rated it really liked it Jul 15, I certainly do agree with his comments on readability. Ttschichold rated it really liked it Mar 21, I chose these passages because they struck me with some new insight or solidified some already known rule with sound reasoning.

The Form of the Book, Digested · Art=Work

He loves the finer points of design and book production, and there are eloquent passages on the spacing of ellipses, the thickness of an em-dash, the positioning of illustrations, and — two of his pet hates — white paper and the design of book jackets.

In case you were confused: Harmony is determined by relationships or proportions. Buy the book at Amazon US. This is Bible of Design. Lines with more than twelve words require more leading. Contact info for Canadian, European, and Asian offices available on their site.

Essays on the Morality of Good Design is all about its visible shape or configuration. Jun 20, Kathy Davie rated it really liked it Shelves: On the subject of the book page and its type area, there are some pages of quite mathematical minutiae, but this supports the overall impression one gains that the secret of typographical success — as with so much else — lies in the details.

The proportions between them ar Jan Tschichold’s argument runs like this. There is plenty more knowledge in the book, but I have neither the time nor permission to post it all here.

The Form of the Book : Essays on the Morality of Good Design

So now let me get out of the way; I give you The Form of the Bookdigested:. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


He also sometimes poses his arguments as quite witty aphorisms: Now, if the cover underneath were in a beautiful leather or well-done cloth… His comments about Fraktur were certainly interesting and I went exploring on the font manager in my computer Le regole da conoscere non sono molte e soprattutto sono immutate da secoli: This defect is inherited from the nineteenth century, whose light, thin and pointed scripts almost demanded word spacing with en quads.

If efforts are successful to combine page format and type area into an indissoluble unit, then the margin proportions become functions of page format and overall construction and thus are inseparable from either.

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I find myself wishing I could hear his pronouncements on all the font possibilities we have on the computer today. In this digest, I have taken the time to excerpt the most enlightening bits.

To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied. Proportions are hidden everywhere: Form of the Book: Kirk rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Takt means measure, rhythm, time in the musical sense.

Detailed advice on book design from the one of the masters.

Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

I completely understand his frustration with the poor quality of so many books today. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It seems to me that a new-style Roman Bodoni for example is a less urgent requirement than one of the styles developed during the transitional period Baskerville for instance — but te is no argument against Walbaum roman, which I consider superior to Bodoni, since more restrained.

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