Sunday, November 7, 2010

A is for Aldusblatt

One of the contemporary greats of book design, Jost Hochuli, published this booklet, Typografisches Allerlei (meaning Typographic Variations) in Switzerland in 1997, for the Swiss imprint, Typotron. As part of a series of booklets on typography and design published between 1983 and 1998, Hochuli's ABC book on typography still looks fresh nearly 14 years later.

BTW, the German word Aldusblatt is a printer's ornament or fleuron. It comes from the great Italian printer Aldus Manutius who frequently used the heart-shaped leaf as decoration in his books.

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