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Designing Books: Practice and Theory

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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 Robi ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Hyphen Press (first published 1996)
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Ryan
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
First published in 1996, Designing Books is a modern classic on the subject. It focuses on the tension between classic symmetrical typography and the modernist asymmetrical typography that came after it. This was somewhat strange to read in 2012, since classic and modernist book typography both seem normal and not as politically or culturally at-odds as Hochuli describes in the text.

The entire book had this same issue: it felt like it was exploring topics that have since been settled. Or worse,
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Patricia Bolea
Oct 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hi I'm a student of visual design, and I need this book for my formation, it's possible to have the pdf version please?
Brian
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book on books.
Andrew
Nov 11, 2010 is currently reading it
Serious, but not pretentious. Great examples. Perhaps a little heavy for someone who's only trying to design a 'zine, but.. LEAGUE OF INTREPID NATURALISTS, Vol. 2, to be released January 2011!!
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