Detail In Typography

Paperback: 72 pages
Author: Jost Hochuli
Publisher: Hyphen Press
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0907259340
ISBN-13: 978-0907259343
Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 0.7 x 12.5 cm
Release Date: 2008


How is it that text can be set perfectly and yet look insufferably dull? How do you achieve perfect congruence between the type itself and its meaning? In Detail in Typography Jost Hochuli, master book designer and author of the seminal Designing Books, addresses the finer points of setting text. Hochuli begins with a consideration of how human beings read, moving on incrementally to considerations of letter, word, and line as well as word-space and line-space. Hochuli concludes by examining whole paragraphs and how they carry meaning. Produced in Switzerland to the highest standards, Detail in Typography embodies critical thinking and articulate design in its own physical form.

Jost Hochuli has been working since 1959 as a freelance graphic designer. Although book design forms only a small part of his activity, he has become well known particularly through this work. If several of his commercial artwork pieces and typefaces cut in wood and linoleum are pictured in this volume, this is mainly for the reason that two seemingly irreconcilable design positions should be documented. These have come to an ultimate synthesis in this book. One reflects a traditional, middle-axis design position oriented towards a written archetype, the other a modern position that is derived from the so-called Swiss typography and thus ultimately from the Bauhaus. The three thematic blocks Commercial Graphic Design, Typefaces Cut in Wood and Linoleum and Books are accompanied by theoretical texts from Robin Kinross, Hans Peter Willberg and Jost Hochuli, while generously documented by numerous examples from Hochuli’s work.

Hyphen PressからJost Hochuli著ということで迷わず購入して問題ないところですが、実際に内容も素晴らしいです。
サイズも非常にコンパクトで78ページ程しかないのですが、基本的なtypographyのディテイルについて解説してあります。簡潔な説明が多く、英語に関しても難しい言い回しもないので、価格から考えてみれば非常におすすめです。特に専門の方でない人でタイポグラフィに興味があるという人が読んでもわかりやすく納得できることが多いかもしれません。

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