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Detail In Typography Paperback – February 27, 2008

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About the Author

Jost Hochuli is a world-renowned book designer living in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is the author of numerous books on graphic design and typography, including Designing Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Hyphen; 1 edition (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907259340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907259343
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a relatively small book, but it packs a lot into a short space. It is "authoritative" in that it does not provide reasons or explanations for the typographic suggestions it makes. So look for a longer, more analytical work if you need explanations. This is a handy reference that shows the minimums needed to set good looking type. It is a handy reference to keep nearby when looking at typesetting projects that offer challenges. Using this booklet, you have an additional tool to help get well crafted type.
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Although small compared to other typography books, Jost Hochuli's "Detail in typography" is really worth buying. However, reading Bringhurst's "The elements of typographic style" (the type-bible, as it's widely recognized) is highly recommended, as "Detail.." treats exactly what it says, fine tuning and maniacal details in the practice of typography.
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It's a fantastic, informative resource, but buyer beware, you're buying a pamphlet. It's very thin at 72 pages, and you may be expecting something larger. Just FYI.
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This book is a fantastic alternative to (or companion to) Robert Bringhurst's classic The Elements of Typographic Style. In under 100 well-written pages, it covers the basics of in-paragraph formatting.

Highly recommended.
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This little book (about the size of a trade paperback) has about 60 pages of content.

I assume its $22 price tag is due to a very small print run, which pushed up the unit cost.

I think the book has value and does include many important details that help define the difference between OK and professional typography. But the ratio of content to price is a little out of whack.
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