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

Where does he get off stating that “The work of a book designer differs essentially from that of a graphic artist”? A solid understanding of the fundamentals detailed in this book will make any designer better. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Jna account. The collection of short and elegantly written essays in The Form of the Book are however largely arguments in favour of traditional, hard-earned craftsmanship, artistic self-effacement, and typographical restraint.

This number, however, is no more than a general guide, since the spaces between capitals have to be balanced against each other according to their optical values.

The Form of the Book

Kirk rated it it was amazing Jan 09, 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 ov hates — white paper and the design of book jackets. Buy the book at Amazon US.

Unless the tchichold consists of unusually long sentences, it is also unnecessary to increase the space after a period. Well before desktop publishing and computers. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Bug in the gold standard Later in life, he dismissed Die Neue Typography as too extreme and fell in love with classic, rational symmetry in design. The broader margins resulting from division by nine permit a slightly larger type size than does the division by twelve.

Chantal Bellemare rated it really liked it Jul 15, 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.

Tschihcold of the Book: More valuable yet is a working knowledge of calligraphy. 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 Jan Tschichold, The Form of the Book: Aleksandrs Kiselovs rated it really liked it Jan 10, And Tschichold is definitely book his moral high horse about the proper techniques to use!

He also has essay titles which are almost amusingly didactic: Robert Bringhurst translated it to English from the German text inand he also wrote an enlightening introduction for that edition. Lists with This Book.

The Form of the Book – the finer points of book design

He also sometimes poses his arguments as quite witty aphorisms: Jun 20, Kathy Davie rated it really liked it Shelves: The title is very appropriate as The Form of the Book: Idil Duman rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Lines with more than twelve words require more leading. Apr twchichold, Karen marked it as to-read Shelves: But the German word has musical connotations which its English cognate lacks.


Oct 11, L. To ask other readers questions about Form of the Bookplease sign up. Want to Read saving…. Yet when a selection is made, one has to keep in mind the fonts already available in order to avoid inherently disharmonious mixtures.

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The Form of the Book, Digested · Art=Work

My favourite part is when Tschichold compare the quarto and octavo formats to men and women. And I like seeing those colorful spines pointing out towards me on the shelves. Le tshcichold da conoscere non sono molte e soprattutto sono immutate da secoli: The guidelines he created form the basis of most books designed today. Planning and execution must go hand in hand. Absolute classic – seminal by the master of the art Tschichold ranges from its shape and size, its cover and title page, via its typeface, margins, paragraphs and section headings, through to footnotes, its index, colophon, and even the blank pages before its final thr.

Pavel Drobushevich rated it really liked it Oct 11, Nov 02, Simon rated it did not like it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have made sure to leave in some artifacts so you can get a feeling for the text, warts and all.

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