on 15 April 2010
I originally stumbled upon this book while browsing Foyles in London, within less than a minute I'd rushed to the till to hand over my cash. This is one of those rare, beautifully crafted books that you can't help but covet, I've even been known to sniff at the pages, and also to hold them at an angle to the light, just to admire the density of ink on the page.
And the content; well, Jan Tschichold's work is remarkable and this is the finest, tribute, survey and analysis that I've yet to come across. If you are a designer, this book is a MUST, have an interest in design, it's a MUST. Appreciate art, craft, aesthetics, modernism or problem solving, then I'd also highly recommend it.
It would also make a great gift for a design student, or anyone interested in design.
on 19 February 2013
Jan Tschichold was a brilliant typography who stands head and shoulders above 20th century font and book designers. The German who did work for all the Nazi's enemies (trade unions, social democrats, avant garde artists) fled Germany for Switzerland following an unfriendly visit from the Nazis. In exile he moderated his 1928 iconoclastic views on type (only sans serif rules ok!) and went on after WWII to design some of Penguin's most revered classic covers.
This beautiful coffee table sized books does Jan justice outside in from and inside in content. On the former it embodies typography at its best. Set in Jan Tschichold's Sabon and wonderfully laid out it is a homage and celebration of Tschichold and his influence. On the latter the text gives great insight into the "where froms" and "what fors" of the man and his art.
Great book for book lovers, book designers and anyone interested in the book as art full stop!
on 30 December 2012
Lovely hard back well illustrated and binded, quality pages and has all you want or need to know about Jan Tshichold. Lots if pictures of posters and designs, an insight into his love and where it all began.