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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I certainly do agree with his comments on readability. Three-to-em or even more compressed word spacing should be made the rule, unconditionally, and not in books alone. Detailed advice on book design from the one of the masters. I have made sure to leave in some artifacts so you can get a feeling for the text, warts and all. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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 Buy the book at Amazon UK.

Contact info for Canadian, European, and Asian offices available on their site. So some of Tschichold’s information needs to be taken with a grain of salt, some should be drunk down with a good glass of wine, and the rest are some excellent considerations which authors, editors, and publishers should tthe into account.


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?

Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design by Jan Tschichold

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 covers. Want to Read saving…. Mar 26, Tim Martin rated it it was amazing. Though largely forgotten today, methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve have been developed over centuries.

It’s the whole point of the cover—to convey a scene, mood, or summary of the book. Lines with more than twelve words require more leading. To produce perfect books, these rules have to be brought back to life and applied. Learn how your comment data is processed. In addition, nook should fprm a good Fraktur, also in all sizes, at the very least up to pint.

Jan Tschichold, The Form of the Book: The Form of the Book was first published in in Germany and translated and published in English in As Robert Bringhurst puts it with characteristic elegance in his introduction: Refresh and try again.

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

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The German tradition out of which these observations spring is betrayed by his habit of formulating arguments in the imperative mode as a series of abstract absolutes. I completely understand his frustration with the poor quality of so many books today. Si legge come un romanzo ma fornisce indispensabili e rigorosi schemi per raggiungere risultati d’eccellenza nell’impaginazione.

The Form of the Book is actually a collection of essays written from through by Jan Tschichold and was originally compiled in In case you were confused: Essays on the Morality of Good Design is all about its visible shape or configuration. Tschichold takes these matters. On Your Marks There is plenty more knowledge in the book, but I have neither the time nor permission to post it all here.

Later in ot, he dismissed Die Neue Typography as too extreme and fell in love with classic, rational symmetry in design. One thing I can definitely say in Tschichold’s favor, he is quite certain of what is proper and what is not.

Apr 09, Karen marked it as to-read Shelves: More valuable yet is a working knowledge of calligraphy. And I like seeing those colorful spines pointing out towards me on the shelves.