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Would you mind elaborating more on what you mean by "Everyone who touches a website should have read Jan Tschichold". A quick search showed that Jan Tschichold has written many books (and many books have been written about him), in German, so I was wondering if there was a particular (preferably English) book you were referring to?



I have "Ausgewählte Aufsätze über Fragen der Gestalt des Buches und der Typographie".

Yeah not much of his work was translated, its sad. Maybe you can find similar/related/inspired authors who wrote or write in english. Its important to note that Tschichold made a U-turn at some point, while he was a big proponent of modernism at first, he later dismissed his opinions and became a proponent of classic typography. So I would go for writings from that later era.


That's a bit of an issue I've got with Tschichold. As there's a lot of "taste" involved in this, it's hard to separate rational judgement from just getting old and more conservative.

And one should note that even old Jan was there way before digital typography on the web, heck, even way before DTP.

Don't get me wrong, I really liked his typography for laymen booklet ("Erfreuliche Drucksachen durch gute Typografie", a title that really can't get both more quaint and Germanic). But he's really supremely conservative in there, warning everybody about the dangers of color, sans-serifs and lauding the beauty and composition of medieval woodblocks. So, yeah, cum grano salis as they say…




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