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Detail In Typography

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  20 reviews
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 incre ...more
Paperback, 61 pages
Published February 27th 2008 by Hyphen Press (first published 2005)
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Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such an excellent little book. 60 pages of pure gold. Hochuli starts at the lowest levels: how various marks make up a letterform, then how letters make up words, how words make up lines, and how lines make a column of text. All the while he points out how fine typography allows the readers eye to take in the text in the most efficient ways... and interestingly, that recent empirical research on reading seems to confirm the things fine typographers have always done.
Elín Edda
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fróðleg og skemmtileg bók. Fjallar um mikilvæg smáatriði týpógrafíunnar á myndrænan og skýran hátt.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A simple yet insightful guide for beautiful typography. Ideal for both students beginning their explorations or professionals wanting a reminder of time-tested guidelines. As with many typographic guidebooks, however, their are a few stylistic conceits that are presented as rules but when compared to other typographic guidebooks (such as Robert Bringhurst’s "Elements of Typographic Style," or or Eric Spiekermann’s "Stop Stealing Sheep and Learn How Type Works") or style manuals (Chicago, MLA, et ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
There isn't much to say about this precious booklet besides that it's good. Very simple, very clear, it is a typical typography book, great for beginners.

I respect Jost Hochuli a lot after reading his 'Designing books' and seeing his work. Having said that 'Details in Typography' came as a bit too shallow for me. Perhaps because I've already read Bringhurst's 'The Elements of Typographic Style' and I have used a lot of the advice in my work, that I didn't find anything new.

All in all, typography
Matej Latin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: typography
Definitely something to learn from this little book which is beautifully designed and typeset. But there’s very little content for the price. In the past, I paid less for books that I learned more from. That’s why it’s a 3/5 for me.
sarah semark
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A brief read about the finest points of typography, if not necessarily groundbreaking and/or especially lively. A good refresher if your type skills are rusting a little. (Or if you just spend too much time on the web, like me!)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book (unsurprisingly). I read it first, then went back and looked at the examples. I'll definitely be keeping this on my desk at arm's length. ...more
Mauricio Villamayor
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must-read book for any graphic designer, specially for typographers and type designers. Short but amazing.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A frank guide to the layout of running text. The language explaining the concepts is direct and the examples are well constructed. Should serve nicely as concise and quick reference book.
Jakub Iwański
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Briefly and to the point. A lot of answers to the questions bothering me for years :)
Chris Beiser
This review is of the 2015 B42 edition.

Something like the Strunk & White of typography—in all that entails. Mostly broad endorsements of certain typographic choices, presented mostly with little discussion of exceptions or the actual effects of them. For a book on ‘detail in typography,’ there’s not much about real details—instead, it's largely about mistakes it’s possible to make with spacing. There's very little discussion of the interactions between different choices, when it's reasonable to
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nunca me había tardado tanto en leer un libro tan corto. Es definitivamente un libro de consulta, ideal para leer mientras estás diseñando una tipografía para texto o componiendo un diseño editorial pues contiene muchos consejos, guías, casi reglas, muy importantes a seguir para asegurar la legibilidad; tantas, que sería imposible recordarlas de una sola leída corrida.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Material has been covered in other places, but rarely so concisely. Would fit as a good primer before starting something like The Elements of Typographic Style ...more
Carolina Ferreira
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tipografia
It is exactly what it claims to be: "a concise yet rich discussion of all the small things that enhance the legibility of texts".
It's a great reading, and a must have on any designer/typographer shelf.
Ola Loobeensky
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am not a typographer nor DTP professional so I can't tell if every term in this book is used correctly. However, reading 'Detail in typography' was very pleasant. It's really well-written and everything is exemplified what is vital for someone as green as me. ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must read for everyone who's dealing with type. ...more
Jason Zimdars
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nicely written with a beautiful design and helpful examples. I'll be keeping this one as a desk reference. ...more
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