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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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.

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

Paragraphs without indent unfortunately the rule in Germany, and only there are a bad habit and should be eliminated. Lists with This Book. A solid understanding of the fundamentals detailed in this book will make any designer better.

Unless the work consists of unusually long sentences, it is also unnecessary to increase the space after a period. To ask other readers questions about Form of the Book forrm, please sign up.

Absolute classic – seminal by the master of the art The title is very appropriate as The Form of the Book: My favourite part is when Tschichold compare the quarto and octavo formats to men and women. Refinement is not food to everyone, those who can’t see it, hate it, yes?


The Form of the Book, Digested · Art=Work

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. The broader margins resulting from division by nine permit a slightly larger type size than does the division by twelve. Incredibly pompous load of bullshit. The graphic artist has to be or should be!

So now let me get out of the way; I give you The Form of the Bookdigested:. He taught many places, but was always a student.

Little by little books appeared in smaller formats and proportions which are still conventional today: Laboriously trying first this, then that, is the way of a novice. Comfortable legibility is the absolute benchmark for all typography … Good typography can never be humorous … a truly beautiful book cannot be a novelty.

Libro che ogni grafico dovrebbe aver letto e meditato. Our own somewhat bolder scripts lose their line bond if this wide spacing is adopted. Much like web designers should be taking into account when choosing fonts, font-sizes, and colors for forn website. Tschichold takes these matters. I think even before PostScript printers.

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.


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 there is no argument against Walbaum roman, which I consider superior to Bodoni, since more restrained.

Please stay tuned to the end of this post to see how we can change that. Written between andthese essays discuss every element of the traditional formm book. thd

The Form of the Book

Brad rated it really liked it May 11, I have made sure to leave in some artifacts so you can get a feeling for the text, warts and all. I couldn’t decide if I was reading a critique on book construction or wine. Ideal margin proportions 2: The true garment of the book is its cover; the jacket is merely the raincoat. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read saving…. My Take Oh my god, what a pretentious twit! He also sometimes poses his arguments as quite witty aphorisms:. Most typesetting in most countries is too loose.