JAN TSCHICHOLD THE FORM OF THE BOOK PDF

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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But the German word has musical connotations which its English cognate lacks.

The Form of the Book

Nevertheless, I plan on keeping these morsels of knowledge up for as long as I can. A good slab-serif, as well as a good sanserif, is probably necessary. The Form of the Book is actually a collection of essays written from through by Jan Tschichold and was originally compiled in Refinement is not food to everyone, those who can’t see it, hate it, yes? Jul 08, Mehdi added it. He also has essay titles which are almost amusingly didactic: Pavel Drobushevich rated it really liked it Oct 11, He was a German refugee who had made his mark as a radical modernist in with the publication of Die Neue Typografie.

Albeit one with a lovely gift for words, so flowery in his discourse on the beauty of book layouts. Fbrc Wltrck rated it really liked it Jan 06, Paragraphs without indent unfortunately the rule in Germany, and only there are a bad habit and should be eliminated.

Idil Duman rated it it was amazing Feb 13, 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.

George Bauerschmidt rated it really liked it Aug 16, I think even before PostScript printers.

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The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold

For th 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. Mar 17, Magda marked it as to-read Shelves: Foem is determined by relationships or proportions.

One thing I can definitely say in Tschichold’s favor, he is quite certain of what is proper and what is not. Although, he has made me much more aware of fonts.

Though largely forgotten today, methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve have been developed over centuries. Jan Tschichold, The Form of the Book: Preview — Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold.

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Brad rated it really liked it May 11, The guidelines he created form the basis of most books designed today. Robert Bringhurst translated it to English from the German text inand he also wrote an enlightening introduction for that edition. The broader margins resulting from division by nine permit a slightly larger type size than does the division by twelve. 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.

The English edition was expertly translated by the author of my second favorite book on typography, Robert Bringhurstbut is sadly out of print as of this writing. Ideal margin proportions 2: He also sometimes poses his arguments as quite witty aphorisms:. I couldn’t decide if I was reading a critique on book construction or wine.

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. Feb 04, Leonard Houx rated it it was amazing Shelves: As for what Tischchold has to say about book jackets!

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The latter is often translated, correctly, as tact. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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

I find myself wishing I could hear his pronouncements on all the font possibilities we have on the computer today. The title is very appropriate as The Form of the Book: Chantal Bellemare rated it really liked it Jul 15, He measured early books and manuscripts, recorded dimensions, sketched page shapes and letterforms.

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.

Si legge come un romanzo ma fornisce indispensabili e rigorosi schemi per raggiungere risultati d’eccellenza nell’impaginazione. As beautiful as the ratio of 2: I have made sure to leave in some artifacts so you can get a feeling for the text, warts and all.

The graphic artist has to be or should be! Part of me wants to strangle him for his obdurate, close-minded nature while the other half applauds his attention to detail. I did enjoy the layout of the title with the subtitle alternating line by line. Yet when a selection is made, one has to keep in mind the fonts already available in order to avoid inherently disharmonious mixtures.

Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Takt means measure, rhythm, time in the musical sense.

He taught many places, but was always a student.

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