Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Books that survive every attempt by the makers to destroy them

This is one of the great scientific mysteries: Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style is badly designed, by the author himself, is overflowing with terrible figures of speech (I assume his poetry is awful), and embraces an annoying ‘lost Golden Age’ and pseudo-mathematical esthetic, yet it is a good book.

Along those lines, I’m hoping that Karen Cheng’s ‘Designing Type’ will be good, even though it is printed almost unreadably in a light weight of Univers. However, at least the topic of this badly designed book isn’t book design.

(It’s not as if you can’t print a book in sans serif and have it be readable. The U of Cal English translation of Tschichold’s The New Typography is printed in Imago artificially widened and letterspaced, and despite the shenanigans and the absence of paragraph indentation is readable. They are trying to make the book look similar to Tschichold’s German original, so they had a big head start, but the Univers is so plainly bad that it makes me wonder what someone was thinking.)

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