An attractive, interesting layout can certainly attract and please the reader; but when the readers are not good, reading requires extra effort and any pleasure is short-lived. 'Detail in Typography' is a concise and close-up view of the subject. It considers all the elements that constitute a column of text letters, words, the line, and the space around these elements - and it discusses what is essential for the legibility of text.
Now available in paper, this newly revised and expanded classic in book design argues for a non-dogmatic approach, one open to both traditional and modern, and symmetrical and asymmetrical, solutions. A survey of Jost Hochuli's own work as a book designer featuring pages from a career of over 30 years is shown, along with detailed comments by noted designer and critic Robin Kinross. "Hochuli has achieved his standing without any fuss, programme or manifesto, by sheer talent and persistence. As a designer, his main concern is to work out individual solutions for individual books. This books is sure to help anyone who is seeking to develop a considered attitude towards the design and production of the book as a codex. The use of the individual's own understanding is at the core of Hochuli's practice and theory." Fernand Baudin, Logos
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
Der Schweizer Typograf und Buchgestalter Jost Hochuli gibt in dieser Broschüre eine knapp gefasste, informative Einführung in die Mikro- oder Detailtypografie. Es geht um die grundlegenden Einheiten: Buchstabe, Buchstabenabstand, Wort, Wortabstand, Zeile, Zeilenabstand, Kolumne. Ausgehend von den hysiologischen und psychologischen Bedingtheiten des Lesevorgangs entfaltet der Autor die Grundelemente von Buchstaben und gesetzter Schrift, weckt den Sinn für die hier oft alles entscheidende Nuance anhand einer Fülle von Beispielen. Eine prägnante Darstellung all dessen, was jeder über die Grundlagen unserer Schrift und Lesekultur wissen sollte.