Jan Tschichold: A Life in Typography (Design Briefs - Introductions to the Pioneers of 20th-century Graphic Design) Paperback – 31 Oct 1997
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The presentation is excellent and I definately found it inspiring.
The only thing it doesn't cover is how to pronounce his name!
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But the only problem I had with the book is that I wanted to learn more about the artist himself. Tschichold's bold, at times abbrasive tone comes out in his pen sketched notes on a number of reprints and in-house drafts, leading the reader to believe he was probably one obnoxious, colorful, temperamental character. Instead, "A Life in Typography" sheds little light on the 'life' of Tschichold, and focuses instead on images with little explanation.
Were there no interviews with Tschichold that could have been reprinted? A larger window into his persona would have really helped understand his persistance and drive for typographic perfection.
But of everything reprinted in the book, quite possibly the most stirring, worthy part is a four page reprint of "Composition Rules" written by Tschichold and distributed to employees of the Penguin Book company. It's forceful, blunt, and essential reading for anyone involved in typesetting. He explains in detail how to treat capitals, italics, paragraph indents and punctuation marks. His thoughts and opinions about typography leap off the page.
So if you need a quick reference of his work, or are someone who just discovered the name Tschichold, this is a must have for your design library.