The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 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. Just My Type by Simon Garfield The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold.


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The Form of the Book

He also has essay titles which are almost amusingly didactic: On the subject of the book page and its type area, there are some pages of quite mathematical minutiae, but this the form of the book tschichold the overall impression one gains that the secret of typographical success — as with so much else — lies in the details.

On Leading Leading is the spacing between lines of type. Especially in larger works like books and magazines, the calcula- tion of this blank space is of great importance for the legibility, beauty and economy of the composition.

the form of the book tschichold Planning the Typographical Layout of Books with Il- lustrations If the book has very broad margins, then the height of the picture can follow the width of the type area and the caption can be placed in the margin.

As a rule, though, the caption should sit inside the type area and the pic- ture should be reduced in size. Horizontal pictures are always annoying and should be avoided. I find myself wishing I could hear his pronouncements on all the font possibilities we have on the computer today.

I'm sure he'd keel over in horror! Although, he has made me much more aware of fonts.

As well as the horror of not indenting my paragraphs! I certainly do agree with his comments on readability.


It's not just legibility that one must be concerned with, but the need to make the text easily read. Much like web designers should be taking into account when choosing fonts, font-sizes, and colors for a website.

The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold

One thing I can definitely say in Tschichold's favor, he is quite certain of what is proper and what is not. He measured early books and manuscripts, recorded dimensions, sketched page shapes and letterforms. Robert Bringhurst translated it to English the form of the book tschichold the German text inand he also wrote an enlightening introduction for that edition.

Not everything in the book or these excerpts is immediately relevant, but the basic principles can still be applied. I have made sure to leave in some artifacts so you can get a feeling for the text, the form of the book tschichold and all.

In case you were confused: Nevertheless, I plan on keeping these morsels of knowledge up for as long as I can. So now let me get out of the way; I give you The Form of the Book, digested: The latter is often translated, correctly, as tact.

The Form of the Book : Jan Tschichold :

But the German word has musical connotations which its English cognate lacks. Takt means measure, rhythm, time in the musical sense. Only beginners and fools will insist on using it. More valuable yet is a working knowledge of calligraphy.

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