Number ATitleAuthorDesignerPublisherSubmitted byYear
385Catalogo della XXXI Biennale Internazionale d’Arte VeneziaMassimo VignelliStamperia di Venezia1962

This early Vignelli catalogue for the 1962 Biennale di Venezia has lost nothing of its fresh spirit. I really enjoy its weird font mixture, probably due to limited availability of lead type in the desired sizes. Even the advertisements look great from a distance of 54 years.

384Flaga 1972-2000Simon StarlingPhilipp ArnoldGalleria Franco Noero2002

In 2002 Simon Starling drove from Turin, Italy to Cieszyn, Poland in a red Fiat 126 manufactured in Turin in 1974. In Poland Starling substituted the boot, bonnet and doors for white parts produced at the Fiat Auto Poland factory in the neighbouring town of Bielsko-Biała. This lovely little red booklet is the accompanying catalogue.

383Brüder Rasch – Material Konstruktion Form 1926-1930Egidio MarzonaEgidio MarzonaEdition Marzona1981

Art collector Egidio Marzona founded an own publishing house in order to document his research in various fields – art, architecture, photography and design. This self-designed volume on the architects and designers Heinz and Bodo Rasch is far from perfect, but its refreshing sensuality and the free and spacious layout has a somewhat hidden beauty.

382Das Kind und sein VaterHanns ReichHanns Reich Verlag1960

I remember coming across this photo anthology in the window of a closed antiquarian bookstore and fell instantly in love with its title. A few weeks later I was given exactly this book as birthday present. Several weeks thereafter I received the greatest gift in my life. Ever since my admiration and affection for the exceptional beauty of the photographs and the sequencing of this book has been growing. 

381Kinder 1 Orient ZeichnenWolfgang WeingartWolfgang WeingartPresse Arabische MondeFjodor Gejko1964

A fascinating picture book, designed and realised by Wolfgang Weingart in 1964 with a small print run. It contains drawings by children from the Middle East, spaciously presented in numerous fold-out pages, that allow the reader to rearrange the volume and create new double page combinations. The typography is modest as well as unobtrusive and lets the images speak for themselves.

Submitted by Fjodor Gejko

380Der PyramidenrockHans ArpEugen RentschMichaël Snitker1924

This cover looks still fresh after 92 years! The poetry book by Hans Arp was high on my wish list for years. Recently I acquired this rare copy from the private library of Carl Laszlo who died at the age of 90 in 2013. Der Pyramidenrock is Arp’s fourth book with a collection of 41 Dada poems. The portrait frontispiece appears to have been done by Modigliani in 1914 in Paris when Arp became acquainted with Picasso, Apollinaire and other leaders of Modernism.

Submitted by Michaël Snitker

379Solitude AtlasJean-Baptiste JolyPhil BaberEdition Solitude2015

This is a solid book as well as it is unexspectedly lightweight. It appears to have fallen out of time with its archetypal-universal form and construction. It claims to be an Atlas – in so far as it brings together places, transformed into texts and occasionally images by former Solitude stipendiaries. The editorial achievement is just as impressive as its typography: contributions in no less than 20 languages and most diverse forms had to be translated, layouted and typeset. The designer, Phil Baber, has delightfully succeeded in his task. I can’t put this wonderfully unagitated volume down again.

378B is for BauhausDeyan SudjicMatthew YoungPenguin2014

By far the most exciting design related book I read for a long time. Intelligent, inspiring, broadening – simply brilliant. The nice cover design helps me to ignore the corny typographical endeavours inside.

377Grafisk design: Henrik NygrenHedvig Hedqvist, Sara Teleman, Lars Forsberg, Daniel BirnbaumHenrik NygrenOrosdi-Back2014

So many great designers failed in doing their own monograph. This is certainly not true for Henrik Nygren. His presentation is poetic and modest, the consistency of quality in his designs is second to none. The quiet and straight portfolio is interrupted by what he calls “Minnesbilder” (Memories) – inspirations, points of reference, benchmarks for his work. Printing and material selection is first-rate. Only the bookbinding would have benefited from cold glue. I’ve asked Henrik to send me his 5 favourite spreads. Here they are.

376Eskimo Cook BookThe students of Shishmaref Day SchoolThe Easter Seal SocietyAnnahita Kamali and Florian Böhm1977

This rare hand-made book, first published in 1952 began as a school project in Alaska, when a teacher asked her class to bring in a recipe or story of how mother cooked at home. The book is a great example of simplicity in any aspect. To prepare a herring for example, you apparently don’t need to to know more than: „Sprinkle the herring with salt. Fry them in the oven. Not too long.“

Submitted by Annahita Kamali and Florian Böhm

37516 books with white type on black coverAslak Gurholt, Martin AsbjørnsenAslak Gurholt, Martin AsbjørnsenAki Books2015

Aslak Gurholt from Yokoland made a great cover version of my 61 books book together with Martin Asbjørnsen. That’s the kind of “response” one loves to see but had never dared to hope for. Thrilling. Thank you.

374Eintritt frei – TanzJean-Pierre Moulin, Yvan DalainJacques PlancherelEditions RecontreMirsad Ademaj1963

I was intrigued by this book’s confidence of not trying to be something special. It almost disappears between other books on the shelf. But once you take it out, it allures with strong image sequences and peculiar design choices.

Submitted by Mirsad Ademaj

373Anonymes BauenRoland RainerBöhlau VerlagEuropa Frohwein1995

Gathering fine detail, tectonic relation, truth, humanity and intimacy of historical rural buildings in northern Austria, the book appeals also with great photographs and graphic illustration. The simplified beauty of the title seems to be a bit anachronistic for its year of reprint, but I appreciate the time its referring to and it speaks for the quality of the original.

Submitted by Europa Frohwein

372Fernand LégerPontus Hulten (Ed.)Hubert JohanssonModerna Museet1964

Another exciting catalogue from Pontus Hulten’s early days at Moderna Museet. Especially its strong cover design and the sturdy typography appeal to me most. All colour images are tipped-in. Some time ago I found a little film of the catalogue in duet with a barcode reader.

371Auto Universum 1967Arthur LogozInternational Automobile Parade1966

1967 – back then when cars had souls, refused to start on cold winter days, were much more beautiful and supposed to weigh more than two tons. “Auto-Universum 1967” is a superb book – not only for car lovers.

370The Production Line of HappinessChristopher WilliamsPetra HollenbachYale University Press2014

“The Production Line of Happiness” is an unusual volume in content and form. Sampled out of press releases, visual and textual material, essays and talks on the social functions of photography it’s something in between an artist’s book and an exhibition catalogue. It feels sympathetic that Christopher Williams’ self-conception resembles more the one of a factory worker than the one of an heroic artist. You don’t take a photograph. You make it.

369Album prohibido No.7Editorial Astri1993

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind. And not only beautiful books can be an inspiration. We may not know why certain objects touch and energize us. However, interesting typographical solutions can be found anywhere.

368Do it – The CompendiumHans Ulrich ObristScott PonikIndependent Curators International2013

Don’t know exactly where my fascination for this book comes from. Is it it’s bright orange colour that is slowly fading in the sun? The Helvetica Outline font on the cover? The relaxed and casual typography and layout? It’s well-proportioned physical form? Or simply the fact, that it brings together so many of my favourite artists?

367Daan van Golden – Photo Book(s)Daan van GoldenThomas DesmetKönig2013

Some time ago I saw this book in a bookshop, but didn’t buy it. To be honest, it felt a little expensive. Unfortunately Thomas Desmet’s strong and precise typography stuck with me like an earmworm. I’m glad that I finally bought it – it’s a good book in many aspects.

366150,000.000Vladimir Vladimirovich MayakovskyVáclav MašekVaclav Petr (Edice Atom)Fabian Diem1925

The Czech first edition of Mayakovsky’s famous poem 150,000.000 was illustrated by Václav Mašek. It was issued with two differently tinted soft-covers; red ink on beige paper and blue ink on pink paper along with a numbered and signed special edition. The cover art with its strong notion of the diagonal in the manner of the avant-garde, the abstracted wood-cut illustration and the simple, yet spectacular printing technique make this book such a unique piece. The typesetting follows basic rules of poetism, a sub-movement of the Czech avant-garde according to which type may become imagery and thus a part or even the poem itself.

Submitted by Fabian Diem

365Carlo Mollino – PolaroidsFulvio Ferrari, Napoleone FerrariElsa KendallArena Editions2002

I feel totally attracted to this book – not only because it’s full of female nudes, but also because Carlo Mollino’s photos are sensitive and intriguing songs without words. The book isn’t particularly well designed but nevertheless incredibly charming. 

364France Tour Detour Deux EnfantsAnne-Marie Miévielle, Jean-Luc GodardFranz GrenoZweitausendeins1982

Godard’s astonishing twelve-part project for and about television examinates childhood within the contexts of family, home, work, and the shared idea of life and time within contemporary culture. It is based on the 19th century French children’s classic “La Tour de la France avec deux enfants”. Radical content found a radical form: A book like a briquette that reads like a score for an inner movie.

36311+11 TableauxEdward KienholzGösta Svensson, Pontus HulténModerna Museet1970

Pontus Hultén was one of the leading museum directors and what’s more, he established the role of the curator as we know it today. From early on he praised the role of the catalogue as “the part of the exhibition, that can travel around the world (...) and the only significant part that will remain after the exhibition is over.” During his time at Moderna Museet, Stockholm he was often involved in the catalogue design. Together with John Melin and Gösta Svensson he realized a stunning series of books with exciting typography and tactile, object-like qualities.

362Wie es uns gefällt: Happy ChaosKunstverein für die Rheinlande und WestfalenFujio Akai, Cécile Bauer et al.Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen1981

Spontaneous rough-and-ready books have a certain erotic appeal. This one from 1981 has the pre-digital warmth of a scissors-and-copy-machine layout. Although I don’t know any of the featured artists, it’s a great and surprisingly contemporary book.

361Das Karl Valentin BuchKarl Valentin, Lisl KarlstadtunknownKnorr & Hirth1932

I’m no collector, I’m a hunter. I fell in love with this book some time ago and was hunting for it since I saw it in a second hand store – unfortunately far too highly priced (fig. 1). Last week I shot a rare copy with horizontal instead of vertical stripes (fig. 2), signed by Karl Valentin and Lisl Karlstadt, at a bargain price. If you speak German, you should definitely read Valentin’s nice introduction (fig. 3). Some books can make you happy!

360Richard Venlet – 00Richard VenletMevis & Van DeursenMuHKA Antwerpen2002

The duty of a dustcover to convey information is driven to extremes in this book. Disproportionately filling in all the space, the designers Armand Mevis and Linda van Deursen list all the publishing information in typewriter characters. Inside, information likewise becomes the motor of the design.

359Hans Hillmann – FliegenpapierHans HillmannFranz GrenoZweitausendeins1982

Two masters performing a great book: Franz Greno, book design and typography; Hans Hillmann, images. With Old Masterly obsession Hillmann is transcending Dashiell Hammett’s mediocre ‘Flypaper’ story. A film noir graphic novel avant la lettre in powerful movie-like shots.

358Andrea BüttnerSusanne Gaensheimer, Anthony Spira (Eds)Quentin Walesch, Stefano FaoroKoenig Books2013

A simple strong idea organizes the layout – the rest is typographic and tactile sensibility. This catalogue, printed on one side coated affiche paper, stands apart from the usual art book production. Delightful! 

357Savor StockholmVariousGabriel KotowskiSavor MediaJ. Adams2014

I travel to Stockholm, Sweden a couple of times every year. I always find this book at my room. This year, under a copper foiled wrap there was a beautiful cloth cover with debossed details and nice complementary colors. Took the book with me back home.

Submitted by J. Adams

356Bücherreise zu BodoniGustav StresowWalter WilkesTechnische Hochschule Darmstadt1990

A quiet book, amazingly unexcited, reduced, and fresh – if not to say cool – displaying a cross-section through Bodoni’s excting layout work. Great cold-glue binding!

355Bedeutende Objekte und persönliche BesitzstückeLeanne ShaptonLeanne ShaptonBerlin VerlagChristian Lange2010

A declaration of love: a novel in form of a fictitious auction catalogue, the American artist Leanne Shapton tells the love story between two people illustrated with 332 objects, photographs, letters and books.

Submitted by Christian Lange

354John Heartfield – Leben und WerkWieland HerzfeldeVEB Verlag der Kunst1962

John Heartfield’s early works (book covers, posters and other printed matter) were and still are a revelation for me. The definite monograph on his oeuvre is this one, edited by his brother Wieland Herzfelde and published in the former GDR in the 1960’s. A treat for the eyes in design as well as production.

353Die gute Form, Teigwaren aller ArtMatthias Götz, Bruno Haldner, Karolin LinkerMarcel Schmid, Thomas GfellerSchwabe & Co. AGMichael Dyer1991

I came across this book on pasta in a dusty Zurich shop; I could tell by the spine alone that it was special (as is often the case). The entire book is printed in a single red ink, on a buff colored stock. The type is set discreetly but with personality. The real pleasure of the book is the pasta imagery (photos and silhouettes) shown in elevation, and sometimes in section as well. Totally unexpected presentation of material makes a lasting impression.

Submitted by Michael Dyer

352Trilvensters en onderkasttypografieMichaël Snitker (Ed.)Michaël SnitkerMichaël Snitker2011

This book documents a love affair: Michaël Snitker has collected almost everything on Bert Schierbeek’s experimental novel ‘De andere namen’ from 1952 – letters, reviews, publication statements, royalty calculations, interviews, references – and turned them into a wonderful book. Its tactile quality is magnificent, the refined Gill typography is a delight. Could hardly decide which pages to show, they’re all so beautiful.

351The Works of PosadaHannes Jähn (Ed.)Hannes JähnZweitausendeinsVictor Malsy1976

Hannes Jähn is presenting the largest collection of works by Posada. José Guadalupe Posada, born in 1854 in Aguascalientes, Mexico, began his artistic career as an illustrator of religious images. At the age of 12 he was introduced to lithography. In Mexico City he worked for the publishing house of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo and opened his own studio. After the Mexican Revolution Posada put himself in service of the people. Throughout his life he was an artist of the people without becoming overly ‘folksy’. Thanks to Hannes Jähn he was rediscovered.

Submitted by Victor Malsy

350Gerhard Richter – EisGerhard RichterSilke Fahnert, Uwe KochKönig2011

A good book can help to bring the room temperature down: Narcissus on ice – reflection, inversion and variation.

349PsychoRobert BlochAkis KatsivelasLithi PublicationsDimitris Borsis1990

This is a Greek edition of the book ‘Psycho’, the novel made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation on his legendary same titled masterpiece. There must be countless editions of this book but what I like on this one, apart from Bloch’s ingenious writing of course, is the minimalism and the artistic orientation of the cover design for such a commercial title. Νο references to Alfred Hitchcock’s film usually seen on other editions with bold quotes and etc., not even a summary on the back, just a handwritten title on the cover to sell the book.

Submitted by Dimitris Borsis

348Islamic ArtPratapaditya Pal (Ed.)Rosalie CarlsonLos Angeles Contemporary Museum of ArtHarsh Patel1973

This survey view of a LACMA acquisition beautifully juxtaposes matter-of-fact typography and the collection’s abundance of ornate, natural motif. The production holds the same, quiet, inward gaze: essays on brown kraft paper, plates on a spartan satin.

Submitted by Harsh Patel

347Most Beautiful Swiss Books 1964Die schönsten Schweizer BücherunknownDie schönsten Schweizer Bücher1965

Where did I find it? Most Beautiful Swiss Books 1964 – these catalogues are fruitful territory for book hunters.

346So kocht die SchweizKnorr Kochstudio (Eds)Theo FreyWalter Verlag1964

Cooking Swiss Typography: modernist style in everyday use, designed by Theo Frey, published by Walter Verlag, Olten.

345Cardinal PölätüoStefan ThemersonunknownGaberbocchus1965

Great book cover design is easy – you can even do it with a vintage typewriter: Stefan Themerson, Cardinal Pölätüo, Gaberbocchus Press, 1965.

344Yves KleinCentre PompidouLaurent FetisCentre Pompidou2006

One of my all-time-favourites – probably the best book on Yves Klein’s work (at least the one with the best cover): ‘Yves Klein. Corps, couleur, immatériel’. Designed with sensitivity and love by Laurent Fetis. The book is a tactile delight, full of exciting surprises.

343ConcreteWilliam HallWilliam HallPhaidon2012

William Hall designed this simple but interesting book on concrete and its contribution to architecture: Concrete, edited by William Hall, Phaidon, 2012.

342The MasterJuergen TellerPeter MilesSteidl2005

Designs by Peter Miles for Juergen Teller – forming a harmonious triad.

341BMW Art GuideIndependent Collectors (Eds)Guido Negenborn, Bianca WegnerHatje Cantz2012

Despite the baroque presence of its sponsor on the title page, this art guide is quite nice. I enjoyed the courageous combination of fonts: Arial, Akzidenz, Le Monde livre. The book has some interesting typographical details.

340Neue Grafik 2Richard Paul Lohse, et al. (Eds)Hans NeuburgWalter Verlag1959

For me, issue 2 of Neue Grafik is particularly impressive. Not only because of the parts printed with spot colours, but because of an essay by Max Bill, where he captures and slightly modifies the Neue Grafik layout rules.

339Sol LeWitt – Sculptures and Wall-DrawingsSol LeWittunknownMuseum Haus Lange1969

This Sol LeWitt catalogue from 1969 has an appealing binding and cover.

338Staat Sex AmenBeat GloorAlberto VieceliKontrast1999

Manual text breaks can be fun: Beat Gloor, Staat Sex Amen, Kontrast Verlag, 1999

337Floating ImagesAndré Tavares, Pedro BandeiraSarah Pia, Lars MüllerLars Müller2012

There is something about personal mood-boards – this book features Souto de Moura’s “Wall Atlas”, published just recently by Lars Müller Publishers.

336My Way to PhotographyHans FinslerBernhard MoosbruggerPendo1971

Hans Finsler’s book “My Way to Photography” is a classic, published by Pendo-Verlag in 1971.

335Belichtete SchweizNZZ FolioBenno Maggi, Ernst JaegerNZZ Folio2012

What do Swiss people look like? (NZZ Folio Nr. 254, ‘Belichtete Schweiz’)

334Drawings on a BusEllsworth KellyEllsworth KellySteidl2007

While riding in a bus, Ellsworth Kelly made these drawings, recording shapes, finely resonating with this great Moholy-Nagy cover. Kelly used this production dummy as a sketchbook.

333StilleMarianne BetzGünter Karl BoseInstitut für Buchkunst2000

There is an exciting publication series published by the Institut für Buchkunst, HGB Leipzig. I particularly enjoyed volume 7, featuring a lecture by Marianne Betz on silence (unfortunately only in German).

332Fly Me to the MoonSusanne M. I. KaufmannIbrahim ÖztaşKunstarkaden München2012

Design is about creating value that transcends information – which my friend Ibrahim perfectly examplified with this bookish invitation.

331Sammlung 1968 Karl StröherThordis Möller (Ed.)Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin/Kunsthalle Düsseldorf1968

The white and silver typo-cover of this simple art catalogue from the late 1960’s feels totally sympathetic. It’s page layout is, at first sight, unspectacular but nevertheless characterised by a subtle spaciousness and exciting confrontations of art works.

330COS Magazine Autumn/Winter 2012COSJenny Eneqvist, Jop van BennekomCOS2012

Sometimes the best things are free: ‘COS Magazine, Autumn/Winter 2012’, designed by Jenny Eneqvist and Jop van Bennekom.

329Medium #2 – SculptureShirana Shahbazi, Tirdad Zolghadr, Manuel Krebs (Eds)NormNieves2012

‘Medium #2 – Sculpture’, published by Nieves, 2012: a small but awesome magazine by Norm. Must admit that I don’t quite get what it’s about, but well…

328Klaus Born – MalereiGuido Magnaguagno, Sibylle OmlinJulia BornScheidegger & Spiess2006

A nicely done catalogue by Julia Born with a silkscreen cover and admirable paintings (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2006).

327Beispiel Japan – Bau und GerätWerner BlaserWerner BlaserKunstgewerbemuseum Zürich1965

After Bregenz, Zurich. As always, I found some nice books. Werner Blaser and Japan – a seductive liaison – ‘Beispiel Japan: Bau und Gerät’, 1965, a Kunstgewerbemuseum catalogue in two volumes.

326Reading Ed Ruscha

Meanwhile, I went to Bregenz and saw a fabulous exhibition concentrating on Ed Ruscha’s book works: ‘Reading Ed Ruscha’, Kunsthaus Bregenz, until 14 October 2012.

325Hello World – A Life in Ham RadioDanny Gregory, Paul SahrePaul SahrePrinceton Architectural Press2003

A delightful book on amateur radio and amateur typography: ‘Hello World, A Life in Ham Radio’, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003, designed by Paul Sahre.

324Promises to KeepRobert FrostGreiner & ReichelLangewiesche-Brandt2002

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” Robert Frost

323EinbahnstraßeDetlev Schöttker (Ed.)Friedrich ForssmanSuhrkamp2009

Re-reading Walter Benjamin’s ‘Einbahnstraße’ is pure joy in the new complete works edition from Suhrkamp. Appetisingly prepared and presented by Friedrich Forssman.

322TM – Februar 1972Rudolf Hostettler (Ed.)Karl GerstnerSchweizerischer Typographenverbund1972

Some covers become even more intense with traces of ageing and personal marks: a personal resumé of Karl Gerstner’s typographical work until 1972.

321桂離宮岩崎書店刊 (Ed.)unknown1959

‘桂離宮’ – a truly ravishing book on the Katsura Palace with an elegant slipcase, realised in the most beautiful gravure printing I have ever seen.

320The Architecture of Ludwig WittgensteinBernhard LeitnerunknownPress of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design1995

‘The Architecture of Ludwig Wittgenstein’, Bernhard Leitner, Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1973 – “The good craftsman avoids perfectionism that can degrade into a self-conscious demonstration.” Richard Sennett

319Wine Making for the AmateurR. Selden RoseCarl Purington RollinsThe Bacchus Club1930

‘Wine Making for the Amateur’, The Bacchus Club, 1931, designed by Carl Purington Rollins, nicely set in Caslon Old Face, with illustrations by W.A. Dwiggins.

318A Wedding InvitationWolfgang Weingart1984

Another Weingart – well, not exactly a book – but rare printed matter: Weingart’s wedding invitation, printed in lead type.

317Die Lochkameras von Peter OlpePeter OlpeWolfgang Weingartself-published1992

Wolfgang Weingart designed this little book on Peter Olpe’s pinhole cameras in 1992. A spacious contents page with Weingart’s typical idiosyncrasies.

316The Green of This NotebookJohn DivolaJohn DivolaNazraeli Press2008

This photo-book with glued-in pages from Sartre’s ‘Being and Nothingness’ is an appetizer to read the whole – John Divola: ‘The Green of This Notebook’, Nazraeli Press, 2008.

315Beauty in PhotographyRobert AdamsCharles MikolaycakAperture1981

Sunday reading – yes, some traditional values are worth defending.

314Baldessari sings LeWittToom TragelToom TragelRollo Press2011

Because it’s Sunday: Baldessari sings LeWitt, Rollo Press, 2009.

313Book Design of Graphic Designers in JapanMikado KoyanagiPie Books2006

Another Japanese find: gorgeous cover designs for SAC journal, found in ‘Book Design of Graphic Designers in Japan’.

312阿部薫 1949-1978中上 健次, 村上 龍, et al. (Eds)unknown文遊社1994

阿部薫, 1949-1978, 単行本, 2001 – a book I love even though I can’t read it. On one of my favourite saxophonists Kaoru Abe. Listen to his album ‘Winter 1972’!

311Totale PhotographieKarl PawekTheo FreyWalter Verlag1960

Karl Pawek: ‘Totale Photographie’, Walter Verlag, 1960. This classic was printed in awesome rotogravure and officially recognised as one of the most beautiful Swiss books.

310Drawings 1969-1990Richard SerraunknownBenteli1991

I love the blackness of Serra’s drawings – Richard Serra: ‘Drawings 1969-1990’, Benteli.

309I GingPeter H. Offermann (Ed.)unknownWalter Verlag1976

Chance operations can help your design process, the I Ching too. I prefer this Swiss edition published by Walter Verlag, Olten – found by chance in an antiquarian bookshop.

30856 Tree PoemsMichael SnowMichael SnowImschoot1999

Nature speaks a universal language: Michael Snow: ‘56 Tree Poems’, Imschoot, 1999.

307Der FilmGeorg Schmidt, Werner Schmalenbach, Peter Bächlin (Eds)Hermann EidenbenzHolbein1947

A book with timeless elegance in layout and typography: ‘Der Film’, designed by Hermann Eidenbenz, Holbein Verlag, 1947. Even the photo credits are marvellously laid out.

306BarockAlbrecht Schöne (Ed.)unknownC. H. Beck1963

I own just a few books set in gothic type – this is by far the most beautiful one – Albrecht Schöne: ‘Barock’, 1963.

305ArcadiaHenk BadingsunknownSchott1951

Early typographic education: my first music book (1976).

304Das Berkeley-OrakelJochen GerzHolger JostRichter Verlag1999

Jochen Gerz: ‘Das Berkeley-Orakel’, Richter Verlag, 1999. It’s a pleasure to leaf through this book.

3032000 Schallplatten 1979-1999Diedrich DiederichsenDiedrich DiederichsenHannibal2000

A cover I like a lot for its almost-no-design quality. The book was laid out by the author with facsimile cutouts from his early Spex magazine music reviews.

302Form/Formalismus, Funktion/FunktionalismusClaude SchnaidtunknownSchriftenreihe HfGZ1984

Re-reading ‘Form/Formalismus, Funktion/Funktionalismus’ by Claude Schnaidt, 1984.

301Die Aufgabe unserer ZeitJosé Ortega Y GassetWalter CyliaxGirsberger1928

Timeless cover design by Walter Cyliax, 1928, Girsberger.

300Raccolta R. H.Robert HessArmin HofmannBirkhäuser1963

This small but excellently made catalogue was designed by Armin Hofmann. It’s from 1963 and feels as fresh as on the day it was made – a gem.

299Architekturführer SchweizHans Girsberger, Florian Adler (Eds)unknownArtemis1969

I still use this out of date architectural guide from 1969. Maybe because its cover flirts shamelessly with me.

298Drei MädchenFrancis JammesJakob HegnerJakob Hegner1932

Francis Jammes: ‘Drei Mädchen’, Jakob Hegner, 1932 – a sensual feast! Printed in alluring letterpress Janson, an invitation for reading.

297Über SchizophrenieLeo Navratilunknowndtv1974

“The same creative mechanisms that produce culture can be found in schizophrenia.” A fascinating book with wonderful drawings by a schizophrenic patient called O.T.

296Nutzen, was nützlich istMichael DreyerCarsten Hornself-published1993

A small booklet that Carsten Horn, a fellow student, made and gave me as a birthday present 20 years ago. It’s still precious to me in form and content.

295ZeitungsphotosHans-Peter FeldmannHans-Peter FeldmannKönig2006

Hans-Peter Feldmann: ‘Zeitungsphotos’, Walther König, 2006 – amazingly enough this fairly dumb concept works.

294Vanessa Beecroft – Drawings and PaintingsVanessa BeecroftExperimental JetsetElecta2007

VBDP, Electa 2007 – a publication documenting Vanessa Beecroft’s collaboration with Experimental Jetset. Well guys, your unjustified setting could be far better. Apart from the overly formalistic use of the grid this is a pretty and nicely produced book.

293Never Odd or EvenBarbara BloomBarbara Bloom, Peter LangemannSilke Schreiber1992

Barbara Bloom: ‘Never Odd or Even’, Verlag Silke Schreiber, 1992 – you guessed it, the title is a palindrome. The book is presented in the form of leaves that the reader must cut apart with a knife, exploring both the beauty and horror of the ordering principles of symmetry.

292MazowszeAleksander JackowskiJózef WilkońInterpress1974

I can’t remember exactly where and when I found this book about a Polish folk-dance ensemble ‘Mazowsze’ representing the central Polish region of Mazovia – invitingly designed by Józef Wilkoń. The printing (deep, matte gravure on coated paper) is absolutely adorable. Well, not only the printing…

291The Pill BookHarold M. Silverman (Ed.)unknownBantam Books1990

A badly produced American paperback that excites my sense for useless but somehow intriguing stuff: ‘The Pill Book’.

290La JetéeChris MarkerBruce MauZone Books1992

Thinking of Chris Marker. I admire his films and this book, one of Bruce Mau’s best designs, unreproducible in its dark, mystic beauty – at least for an iPhone.

289José Loureiro 14/1/1991 – 2/3/1991José LoureiroCarvalho BernauCulturgest2012

Dear @at_cb, thanks so much for your constant high-quality work, and even more for sending me physical proof – like this delicious book with drawings by Portuguese artist José Loureiro – he has a great sense of humour.

288I Need Some Truth and AspirinFernando PessoaClemens-Tobias LangeCTL Presse1997

Fernando Pessoa: ‘I Need Some Truth and Aspirin’ – so do I.

287ArchitekturmodelleRolf JankeunknownHatje 1962

Rolf Janke: ‘Architekturmodelle’, Hatje 1962 – still prefer stubborn international style to contemporary lack of style.

286Typographie und BibliophilieRichard von Sichowsky, Hermann Tiemann (Eds)Richard von SichowskyMaximilian-Gesellschaft1971

Richard von Sichowsky, the designer of this book with texts on type from two centuries, was an exciting typographer. His timeless work is in a class of its own (letterpress printing with 7 different typefaces for 7 sections) – excellent choice of materials. 

285AmerikaErich MendelsohnErich MendelsohnRudolf Mosse1928

Mendelsohn’s ‘Amerika’ is one of my favourite books from the 1920’s. Mendelsohn went to America with his Leica, and revolutionized architectural photography with his elaborate snapshots. This book is great in every respect – nothing more to say.

284It chooses youMiranda JulyunknownDiogenes2012

Miranda July: ‘It Chooses You’ (Es findet dich) – oddly bizarre, but touching with a wonderful cover.

283Zettel’s Traum leafletArno SchmidtFriedrich ForssmanArno Schmidt Stiftung2010

Yesterday I went to a TGM lecture by the head of the “anti-design-theory-movement”, Friedrich Forssman, and brought home some unique thoughts and a leaflet promoting his five years of typographical labours on ‘Zettel’s Traum’.

282ScheißeDieter RothStudents of Rhode Island School of DesignProvidence1966

Some days are much better than the title of the book you’ve just found in your mailbox at home may suggest.

281Call Ampersand ResponseMicah Lexier, Michael DumontierunknownNieves2012

An eloquent conversation in images: Michael Dumontier and Micah Lexier: ‘Call Ampersand Response’, Nieves, 2012.

280Die Kunst der TypografiePaul RennerPaul RennerFrenzel & Engelbrecher1940

What I found in my copy of Paul Renner’s ‘Die Kunst der Typografie’: (1) early Futura test prints, (2) a typewritten carbon copy of a political assessment (or rehabilitation) of Paul Renner by the Nazis.

279Marcel Duchamp – À l’infinitfRichard Hamilton, Ecke Bonk (Eds)Ecke BonkThe Typosophic Society1999

Marcel Duchamp: ‘À l’infinitf’, 1999 – a delicate typotranslation by Richard Hamilton and Ecke Bonk of Duchamp’s white box.

278Living, Thinking, LookingSiri HustvedtHenry Sene YeePicador2012

Friday night reading: a cheap paperback with a tactile suprise.

277Mnemosyne AtlasAby WarburgunknownDölling und Gallitz2006

​Finally I got my hands on a copy of the rare ‘Mnemoysne Atlas’ box by Aby Warburg.

276ObservationsRoman OndákRoman OndákKönig2012

I like the poetic simplicity of the catalogue accompanying Roman Ondák’s documenta installation.

275A ZineChristian HoffelnerChristian HoffelnerSpector2012

The future of design education? In my opinion, Urs Lehni is completely mistaken here. For me, it’s absolutely ridiculous to assume that one can learn practical design skills from books. To be honest, I don’t know of any books that can replace guided learning by experience. Here is the foundation of design education: 1. Learn the rules (in practical excercise) 2. Learn to leave the rules (in theoretical reflection).

274Le Corbusier – The Graphic WorkHeidi Weber (Ed.)Heidi WeberEdition Heidi Weber2009

Apropos reprint – a classic, designed and edited by Heidi Weber, on Corbusier’s graphic work. Edition Heidi Weber, reprinted 2009.

273Der LandarztFranz KafkaunknownStroemfeld2006

Kafka had a strange predilection for large type in small columns and even accepted the omission of punctuation marks: Franz Kafka, Der Landarzt, Stroemfeld, 2006 – facsimile reprint with a revealing epilogue by Roland Reuss.

272A Stack of BooksTriin TammTriin TammRollo Press2011

A Stack of Books, Triin Tamm, 2011 – not yet sure if this is a special beauty or the most useless crap I ever bought.

271Il futurismoKunstmuseum WinterthurunknownKunstmuseum Winterthur1959

Another beautifully printed example of Swiss typography.

270Kurt SchwittersKarl Ruhrberg (Ed.)Walter BrekerKunsthalle Basel1971

Of course Zurich also means book shopping. I mean, how can you leave a book like this for only 10 “Stutz”?

269Die mathematische Denkweise in der Kunst unserer ZeitMax BillHarry SpielmannKunstgewerbeschule Zürich1954

And a last one from Dino’s “Réserve du patron” – a student work from 1954 by Harry Spielmann. Pictures or words can’t describe the excitement of touching this sublime, perfectly made booklet.

268The Printed PictureRichard BensonRichard BensonMuseum of Modern Art2008

Even if you’re only remotely interested in printing techniques (every designer should be!) – read this book: Richard Benson: ‘The Printed Picture’, MoMA, 2008.

267Apfelsorten der SchweizH. KesslerunknownSchweizerischer Obstverband1945

Another beauty printed in 11-colour (!) chromolithography: H. Kessler: ‘Apfelsorten der Schweiz’, Schweizerischer Obstverband, 1945 – breathtaking!

266Urwald AbenteuerIleana HolmboeJan TschicholdHolbein1946

The weekend before last I met Dino Simonett in his new atelier in Zurich, where he served some delicious and surprising books, such as this children’s book designed by Jan Tschichold in 1946.

265One Thousand Polish Book CoversAleksandra and Daniel MizielińscyAleksandra Machowiak, Daniel Mizielińscy40000 Malarzy2012

An incredible wave of inspiration, with a different accent: ‘One Thousand Polish Book Covers’, Warszawa 2012.

264Living in the Lowlands 1850-2004Jaap Jan Berg, Jean-Paul Baeten, Véronique Patteeuw (Eds)Mevis & Van DeursenNAi Uitgevers2004

One of my favourite Mevis & Van Deursen “one-idea-is-enough” books: ‘Living in the Lowlands 1850-2004’, NAi, 2004.

263Die 60er Jahre – Vom Happening zum KunstmarktWulf Herzogenrath, Gabriele Lueg (Eds)Caspar Frenzel, Dennis LöwKölnischer Kunstverein1986

An index needn’t be boring – a sublime idea from ‘Die 60er Jahre, Kölns Weg zur Kunstmetropole: Vom Happening zum Kunstmarkt’, Kölnischer Kunstverein, 1986.

26226 Nieuwe SpreukenMelle HammerMelle HammerDe Buitenkant1995

Out of this envelope comes a strange but nice children’s book without “words” introducing an alien alphabet (designed by Melle Hammer, 1995).

261Der Typografiestreit in der ModerneHans Rudolf BosshardHans Rudolf BosshardNiggli2012

Nothing new: Bosshard and Hochuli are heavily involved with dogma discussions – I wish there were still some around. Nevertheless a pleasure to read: Hans Rudolf Bosshard, ‘Max Bill kontra Jan Tschichold’, Niggli, 2012.

260Das RendezvousproblemHans SchabusHans Schabus, Dorothea BrunialtiKunsthaus Bregenz2004

Strange beauty: Hans Schabus: ‘Das Rendezvousproblem’, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2004. An ordinary calendar serves as a background for glued-in plates and collages.

259SammelnHeidi Stecker, Barbara SteinerMarkus DreßenGfZK2007

A book doesn’t need glue to stick together: Heidi Stecker, Barbara Steiner: ‘Sammeln’, GfZK, 2007.

258Der Charme des SystematischenFerdinand KramerHarriet HöppnerAnabas1991

Somehow idiosynchratic but quite interesting: Ferdinand Kramer: ‘Der Charme des Systematischen’, 1991.

257Karel Teige – AnimatorKoosje Sierman (Ed.) et al.Jaap van TriestStedelijk Museum1994

Karel Teige: ‘Animator’, Stedelijk 1994, designed by Jaap van Triest in his excitingly over-dense layout style. Note the beautiful book-in-book idea!

256The Technology of ManDerek Birdsall, Carlo M. CipollaDerek BirdsallRinehart and Winston1979

‘The Technology of Man’, eloquently designed and edited by Derek Birdsall in 1979.

255Nichts, NothingMartina Weinhart, Max HolleinRaffinerieHatje Cantz2006

Today: ‘Nichts, Nothing’, Schirn Kunsthalle, 2006, designed by Raffinerie.

254Ton Bruynèl1984

OK, not exactly a book but a beautiful album cover (1984) for great music by the underrated Dutch composer Ton Bruynèl.

253Ed Ruscha with six books on his head1970

Jerry McMillan: ‘Ed Ruscha with six books on his head’, 1970 — thanks @ibrahimltd.

252Riley and his StoryMonica HallerMatthew RezacOnestar Press2009

Monica Haller: ‘Riley and his Story’ – the book is better than the XTC-mashup promises. Download a PDF of excerpts.

251An Anthology of Concrete PoetryEmmett Williams (Ed.)unknownSomething Else Press1967

Some books make promises they can’t keep. Anyway, this is a wonderful book: ‘An Anthology of Concrete Poetry’, Something Else Press, 1967

250Writings about Graphic DesignRichard HollisSara De Bondt, Anthony HudekOccasional Papers2012

Scheduled this weekend: Reading or re-reading Richard Hollis’ collected essays (‘Writings about Graphic Design’, 2012). My only reservation – as so often – concerns the binding. PUR glue is to books what mp3 is to acoustic music – a compression of agility.

249Light and Color in the OutdoorsMarcel MinnaertAlbert GommSpringer1992

Edward Tufte recommended this book as a change-your-life classic: Marcel Minnaert: ‘Light and Color in the Outdoors’. The German edition (Springer) is particularly splendid – designed by Albert Gomm.

248Sleeves of DesireECMLars MüllerLars Müller1996

‘Sleeves of Desire’: The charm of a well-worn proof copy.

247Naked CityWeegeeHenry Stahlhut, Michael PolvereEssential Books1945

My favourite page from Weegee’s ‘Naked City’, 1945 – awesome book! 

246Anri SalaKatherine Rattee, Melissa LarnerQuentin Walesch Serpentine Gallery2011

The wolf in sheep’s clothing: a staple-bound book seductively executed in every respect. Anri Sala, ‘Serpentine Gallery Catalogue’, 2011, design by Studio Quentin Walesch.

245Back Cover Magazine No. 5Alexandre Dimos, Gaël ÉtienneDe ValenceÉditions B422012

In my humble opinion @backcovermag is the best European design magazine – nothing else to say.

244Nick’s Film – Lightning Over WaterWim WendersFranz GrenoZweitausendeins1981

Wim Wenders: ‘Nick’s Film – Lightning Over Water’, screenplay, 1981, design by Franz Greno.

243Radikales TheaterUte NyssenHannes JähnKiepenheuer & Witsch1969

A gem from the 60s: Ute Nyssen: ‘Radikales Theater’, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1969. Printed throughout on red paper. Default typewriter typography by Hannes Jähn. Absorbing.

242Lucio Fontana – 1946-1960 Zeichen und ZeichnungLuca Massimo Barbero, Simone SoldiniStudio CCRZMuseum Liner2008

Lucio Fontana: ‘1946-1960 Zeichen und Zeichnung’, Museum Liner, Appenzell, designed by Studio CCRZ. The cover is printed white on black cardboard.

241Fälschung und FakeMartin DollKaleidogrammKadmos2012

NOT a Suhrkamp book, despite the cover design.

240Mechanisierte GrafikPaul RennerPaul RennerHermann Reckendorf1930

In many ways (primarily content-wise) a remarkable book with nice ageing, except for the wrong grain direction of the paper. The last page perfectly sums up Renner’s arguments. 

239Monographien und Materialien zur Buchkunst, Band 2Wolfgang Tiessen (Ed.)Wolfgang TiessenVerlag Wolfgang Tiessen1969

‘Monographien und Materialien zur Buchkunst’, Band 2, Verlag Wolfgang Tiessen, 1969 – an ageless design.

238Log May 1974 – August 1976Claes OldenburgunknownEdition Hansjörg Mayer1976

Claes Oldenburg, ‘Log May 1974 – August 1976’, Book A, Press Log. All newspaper articles of this illustrated bibliography are shown in full-page facsimile.


Phrygio: ‘Chronicvm’, 1534 – for me, one of the most exciting (and beautiful) books one can own. Can’t stop flipping through these musical page compositions.

236Cubism and Abstract ArtAlfred H. BarrunknownMuseum of Modern Art1936

A cover can provide a comprehensive view of a book’s subject.

235WechselwirkungenBrigitte WillbergBrigitte WillbergStiftung Buchkunst1999

Brigitte Willberg: ‘Wechselwirkungen’, 1999 – a nicely designed booklet on her graphical work.

234Rot 38Max Bense, Elisabeth Walter (Eds)Walter FaigleEdition Hansjörg Mayer1969

‘Rot’ edition, published by Hansjörg Mayer in the 60’s.

233Freunde + FreundeKarl Gerstner, Diter Rot, Daniel Spoerri, André ThomkinsKarl GerstnerEdition Hansjörg Mayer1969

Or this one from 1969 – another member of the Neobond family with 4 individually designed parts – here the one by Karl Gerstner. 

232MéthodesPierre Hebbelinck, Pierre de Wit ArchitectesManuela Dechamps OtamendiWallonie-Bruxelles International2008

I have a certain affection for book jackets printed on Neobond. They often prove to be real beauties – as is this one, designed by Manuela Dechamps Otamendi.

231DaodejingLaoziFriedrich Forssman, Cornelia FeyllReclam Bibliothek2009

Laozi: ‘Daodejing’, Chinese and German, designed by Cornelia Feyll and Friedrich Forssman for the beautiful Reclam Bibliothek series.

230All the World’s Fighter PlanesFiona BannerFiona Banner, Eleanor BrownThe Vanity Press2006

Fiona Banner, ‘All the World’s Fighter Planes’, The Vanity Press, 2006.

229Bilder und Texte – LiteraturJuergen TellerPeter MilesSteidl2011

Juergen Teller’s funny and not so funny ZEITmagazin columns finally became a nice book – together with an appendix documenting the hefty, scathing reviews of the readers.

228War RequiemBenjamin BrittenunknownDecca1963

It was really an epiphany, the moment I saw this album in a second-hand bookstore (!) in 1985.

227Kultur & GespensterGustav Mechlenburg, Jan-frederik Brandel, Nora Sdun, Christoph Steinegger (Eds)Christoph SteineggerTextem2012

‘Kultur & Gespenster #13’: I’m thrilled by Christoph Steinegger’s strange spine typography.

226Vom Terror der VerschwendungHans Magnus EnzensbergerWolfgang KaiserHaus Grenzenlos1993

Even a postcard can shine like a book.

225Theorie der TexteMax Bense unknownKiepenheuer & Witsch1962

“Wie die Entropie eines Textes läßt sich die Entropie seiner Typografie bestimmen.” (Like the entropy of a text, the entropy of its typography can be determined.) Max Bense, 1962.

224Konturen einer Geistesgeschichte der MathematikMax BenseHans BohnClaassen & Goverts1946

The reader can use the margins according to his or her precise needs.

223Friday evening belongs to the reader

Friday evening belongs to the reader.

222PalmsJohn BockJohn BockRed Cat2008

For this artist’s book, John Bock inserted a poster into second-hand books and oversprayed the titles.

221City as a Map of IdeasMatt MullicanTill Krause, Matt MullicanGFLK Surveys2009

Back to my fondness for “useless” books: Matt Mullican’s ‘City as a Map of Ideas’ is an endless cartographic list.

220Why Women Like to Buy Textiles That Feel NiceOlaf NicolaiIna Kwon, Helmut VölterArgobooks2010

Olaf Nicolai: ‘Why women like to buy textiles that feel nice’, designed by Ina Kwon and Helmut Völter.

219Tausend PlateausGilles Deleuze, Félix GuattariAdelheid ParisMerve1992

The absence of typography on the spine gives this book an incredibly abstract quality.

218Das deutsche LichtbildRobert & Bruno SchultzunknownRobert & Bruno Schultz1933

A gorgeous book photograph by Elsbeth Heddenhausen, 1932, from the beautifully printed ‘Das deutsche Lichtbild – Jahresschau 1933’.

217Ornament? Ohne OrnamentMark Buchmann (Ed.)Jörg HamburgerKunstgewerbemuseum Zürich1965

Another Kunstgewerbemuseum-catalogue from 1965, designed by Jörg Hamburger – a timeless beauty. Again – the old problem with red, sorry!

216Color and GrayClaudia AngelmaierSeverin WucherSeemann2007

I really enjoy Claudia Angelmaier’s book compositions. Her catalogue ‘Color and Gray’ is quite nice – designed by Severin Wucher.

215Three books from Büchergilde GutenbergBüchergilde Gutenberg

In the 1930’s they had a strange fondness for edge colouring (three books from Büchergilde Gutenberg).

214Das kleine Buch der 100 BücherHans Schwab-FelischunknownBücher der Neunzehn1957

“Are there too many books?” from: ‘Das kleine Buch der 100 Bücher’ (a present from Ibrahim – thanks!)

213GrowthZin TaylorBoy VereeckenSternberg Press2011

Hey type geeks, wake up ... here is the quiz of the day: Spot the typographic accident! Can’t find it? You’re in the best of company: the Baudin Prize Jury couldn’t either. Love this cover nonetheless.

212ErniManuel GasserEditions Générales Genève1969

This little book on Peter Erni’s life and drawings is an underrated gem of Swiss design from the 1960’s. I really enjoy its modest, perfectly adequate size and the always appealing gravure printing.

211Mathematik 1Herbert Butzke, Joachim SieberKarl-Heinz WielandVolk und Wissen1967

Christian Lange introduced me to this old maths schoolbook published in the GDR – former Eastern Germany. It’s printed throughout with primary colours and shows beautiful illustrations in perfect page layouts. If only today’s schoolbooks would also have this visual appeal and aesthetic impact.

210The Family of ManEdward Steichen (Ed.)Leo LionniMuseum of Modern Art1955

‘The Family of Man’, 1955 Edition – the embossing and the overall feel of the book are marvellous, not to mention the wonderful endpapers. Thanks for introducing me to this treasure, Katharina!

209Goldmanns Großer WeltatlasHerbert Bayer, L. Visintin, Wilhem Goldmann (Eds)Herbert BayerGoldmann1963

Today I bought a cheap German “light” version of Bayer’s ‘World Geographic Atlas’, in large parts identical to the 1953 Container Corporation edition, but better printed. Always wondering why jpgs have these problems with red.

2081234 Most Speedy DrawingsDieter RothDieter RothEdition Hansjörg Mayer1987

Most speedy cover design by Dieter Roth.

207God’s Country and My PeopleWright MorrisunknownHarper & Row1968

“This recombining of the visual and the verbal sought to hold fast to what was vanishing.” Wright Morris: ‘God’s Country and My People’, 1968.

206Tendences actuelles de l’école de ParisKunsthalle BernunknownKunsthalle Bern1952

Simple solutions can be so convincing…

205Die Form der ZeitGeorge KublerunknownSuhrkamp1982

There is nothing like a nicely wrapped book – this exciting, important title should at least be available in every design faculty’s library.

204I Love Fast CarsCraig McDeanM/M ParisPowerhouse Books1999

Fanatical devotion: Craig McDean: ‘I Love Fast Cars’, Powerhouse Books, 1999, designed by M/M (Paris).

203Reading too many books at once

Some people suspect me of reading too many books at once – I can’t understand why.

202Kurt Schwitters – I is StyleRudi Fuchs, Siegfried Gohr, Gunda Luyken et al.Walter NikkelsStedelijk Museum2000

Sublime book design (cover, interior) by Walter Nikkels – good guy.

201And It Came to Pass – Not to StayRichard Buckminster FullerLars MüllerLars Müller2008

How little I know – “ventilated prose” by Buckminster Fuller – worthwhile reading!

200The Last Whole Earth CatalogStewart Brand (Ed.)unknownPortola Institute1971

The bible of counterculture – providing encyclopedic, anti-consumerist access to tools and knowledge. Items are listed if they are useful as tools, relevant to education, high-quality or low-cost and easily available.

199Einaudi’s Paperback DesignEinaudi

Nice – ‘Einaudi’s Paperback Design’ is reacting to the physical properties of a book.

198Graphics HandbookKen GarlandKen GarlandStudio Vista1966

Introduction, printed in a larger size of type in the hope you will read it (Ken Garland: ‘Graphics Handbook’, 1966).

197Mao BibleMao Tse-TungunknownVerlag für fremdsprachige Literatur Peking1967

I like the way my copy of Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’ fits on top of Beckett’s collected works.

196Helvetica and the New York City Subway SystemPaul ShawPaul Shaw, Abby GoldsteinMIT Press2011

Dear Paul Shaw, I really enjoyed your report on the NY Subway System, especially this little red subway sign, but what happened to the left-hand column on the back? InDesign default breaks?

195Printing ExplainedHerbert Simon, Harry CarterunknownDryad Press1931

“This is a book about a process – not about a product.” Herbert Simon and Harry Carter, Printing Explained, Dryad Press, 1931.

194Two voided booksJohn Baldessari1990

Two voided books by John Baldessari, 1990.

193Discovery of the CircleBruno MunariBruno MunariGeorge Wittenborn1966

Bruno Munari’s little books on the elementary geometric figures are a constant source of inspiration. Munari concludes that circles, squares and triangles are innate forms, not inventions.

1922HBCCA GlasgowunknownCCA Glasgow2012

Journal of the CCA Glasgow: Some things only reveal their beauty when you touch them.

191Art Titles 1969-2010Gilbert & GeorgeGilbert & GeorgeKönig2011

Can’t explain my persistent fascination for books that have no immediate value outside themselves: Gilbert & George, ‘Art Titles 1969-2010’, Walther König, 2011

190Das Kind und die SchriftGerrit NoordzijPhilipp LuidlTypographische Gesellschaft München1983

Recommended reading – not least for our education ministry (designed by Philipp Luidl, published by @typographische).

189Das neue große KochbuchRoland GööckunknownBertelsmann1963

Overwritten and expanded: another kind of “artist’s book”: my mother’s cookbook (Roland Gööck: ‘Das neue große Kochbuch’, 1963).

188Do It Yourself KunstKarl GerstnerKarl GerstnerGalerie Der Spiegel1970

Karl Gerstner’s funny guide to art production – hilariously written and designed by himself (Galerie Der Spiegel, 1970).

187Weather by Richard HellRichard HellChristopher WoolCUZ Editions1998

Richard Hell’s mind-messing poetry with a wonderful cover design by Christopher Wool.

186Viabizzuno Report 26

Traces of Fronzoni in Milan: ‘Viabizzuno Report 26’ (the corporate identity for Viabizzuno was one of Fronzoni’s last works) and Viabizzuno showroom, via Solferino 18, Milan.

185ZeitungPeter PillerChristoph KellerJRP Ringier2008

‘Looking in Holes’ by Peter Piller, from his fantastic book ‘Zeitung’, designed and edited by Christoph Keller.

184Daily Mirror BookDieter RothDieter RothForlag Verlag1961

Dieter Roth’s ‘Daily Mirror’ series are the foundation for Hans-Rudolf Lutz’s later newspaper experiments. Roth bound the found material of the newspaper clippings (2 × 2 cm) into a 150-page book.

183Irrweg und UmkehrConstantin SilensJan TschicholdBirkhäuser1946

The title of this book, for which Tschichold designed the cover in 1946, sounds programmatic for his volte-face from asymmetry.

182Joseph Beuys – Werke aus der Sammlung Karl StröherKunstmuseum BaselunknownKunstmuseum Basel1969

Joseph Beuys, ‘Werke aus der Sammlung Karl Ströher’, Kunstmuseum Basel, 1969.

181Klau MichRainer Langhans, Fritz Teufel (Eds)Christian ChruxinEdition Voltaire1968

Christian Chruxin is a totally underrated German designer. His anti-aesthetic feels so 2012, however – it’s 1968 (Edition Voltaire).

180$20,000Bill DrummondBill DrummondBeautiful Books2010

I confess, I’m a fan of Bill Drummond’s works and books. Order this one immediately, but read the warning first!

179Das lebenslängliche InterviewCurt Burgauer, Erna Burgauer, Willy Rotzler (Eds)Max KollerErker1970

‘Das lebenslängliche Interview – Die Sammlung Erna und Curt Burgauer’, designed by Max Koller, 1970. Intelligent grid typography can create layouts with a marvellous rhythm (by the way, nice “origami” dust-jacket).

178Andy WarholPontus Hulten (Ed.)John Melin, Gösta SvenssonModerna Museet1968

Andy Warhol: ‘Moderna Museet’, 1968. The epitome of the artist’s book as exhibition catalogue.

177Manuel TypographiquePierre-Simon Fournier le jeunePierre-Simon Fournier le jeuneTechnische Hochschule Darmstadt1995

Fournier’s ‘Manuel Typographique’ together with Harry Carter’s translation and James Mosley’s introduction. An enchanting edition printed by the Lehrdruckerei Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in 1995.

176Bestimmungstabelle für Nester und Eier einheimischer VögelHans NollunknownWepf & Co.1968

Happy Easter! (Noll: ‘Bestimmungstabelle für Nester und Eier einheimischer Vögel’, Basel, 1968)

175CaribiaHerbert ListJo van KalckreuthRowohlt1958

This photobook comes from a time when the Caribic islands had still the smell of an exotic and erotic paradise. ‘Caribia’, sponsored by an Hamburg shipping company, testifies that Herbert List is definitely one of the great documentary photographers on par with the Magnum stars. It’s easy to get it second hand and super cheap.

174Another BookHans-Peter FeldmannHans-Peter FeldmannKönig2010

First page from ‘Another Book’, Koenig Books, 2010. Hans-Peter Feldmann argues why he could not let a designer do his books.

173On ReadingAndré KertészJacqueline SchumanGrossman1971

The excitement of opening a book, reading the first lines and getting lost in a parallel world: ‘On Reading’ by my favourite photographer André Kertész is a lovely little book.

172Ein Buch ist erst ein Buch wenn es ein Buch geworden istHuib KrimpenHuib KrimpenDe Buitenkant1987

A book is not a book until it has become a book. So true! Good night.

171Hanne Darboven – SchreibzeitHanne Darboven

Hanne Darboven, ‘Schreibzeit’, 1975–1999. 32 volumes plus index, 4025 pages.

170Die Tücke des ObjektsMatthias Götz, Bruno Haldner (Eds)Marcel Schmid, Thomas GfellerSchwabe & Co. AG1991

Another book I carry a torch for – quite marvellously designed by Marcel Schmid and Thomas Gfeller in 1991. A vademecum (Latin: go with me) composed of sampled facsimiles and printed on onionskin paper.

169Drawings 1956-1976Donald JuddRobert HiltbrandKunstmuseum Basel1976

Learning from book covers: Why “bad” typography can be fine typography.

168Alles oder NichtsRaymond FedermanFranz GrenoDie Andere Bibliothek1986

Those were the days – when Franz Greno typeset the volumes of ‘Die andere Bibliothek’ using lead type until 1996 (Volume 144) with painstaking care for typographic detail.

167Duchamp in MunichLenbachhausThomas MayfriedLenbachhaus2012

‘Duchamp in Munich’ – The best part of a somewhat thin exhibition was Thomas Mayfried’s design and printed ephemera.

166Charles DarwinCharles DarwinRudolf HostettlerHuber1965

Charles Darwin, Hubers Klassiker. Pictures don’t tell how beautifully Rudolf Hostettler’s Garamond is set.

165Some MagazineBurg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule HalleSven Voelker and StudentsBurg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle2012

Some Magazine’ is proof that student magazines don’t have to be overly formalistic in approach or devoid of content.

164Koenen DictionaryIcarus van GelderenunknownLangenscheidt2002

Together with Schreuder’s book I bought this beautiful and absolutely economically set ‘Koenen Dictionary’.

163Lay In, Lay OutPiet SchreudersPiet SchreudersDe Buitenkant1977

“The profession of graphic design is criminal” – Still fun to read @pietschreuders text from 1977. “Graphic designers: it is advisable not to deal with them directly, but they can be quite entertaining when observed from a certain distance.” English translation in ‘Looking Closer 3: Classic Writings on Graphic Design’.

162Martin Creed – WorksMartin CreedMartin Creed, Catherina Lutman, David SouthardThames & Hudson2010

Martin Creed: ‘Works’, Thames & Hudson, 2010. A book with a talkative spine.

161De AetnaPietro BemboFrancesco GriffoAldus Manutius1496

The last page of Pietro Bembo’s ‘De Aetna’ designed by Francesco Griffo in 1496, as found here.

160I’m Thinking of a NumberMicah LexierSmallNova Scotia College Press2010

Micah Lexier: ‘I’m Thinking of a Number’. A picture of a book showing a picture of a picture of books, featuring Lexier’s invitations, books, catalogues, objects, multiples, t-shirts and other epehemera, 1998 to 2010 – published by Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, designed by Andrew Di Rosa & Emma Wright.

159Schapen TellenHans van der MeerSteef LieftingNieuw Amsterdam2009

Hans van der Meer, ‘Schapen Tellen’ (Counting Sheep) ... worth considering!

158The PlanMichael SchmellingMichael Schmelling, Jason FulfordJandl Books2009

I don’t know why I love this book by Michael Schmelling, dirtily printed on thin newspaper stock, but I do. Michael photographed homes of obsessive-compulsive hoarders while working with the Disaster Masters task force – published by Jandl Books (they have some more beauties ...).

157Double or Nothing51N4EZak KyesAA Publications2011

51N4E, ‘Double or Nothing’. After cutting the fore-edge, the book block (newspaper stock) was milled for binding. I dearly love the opening picture of this architecture book, designed by Zak Kyes.

156Formen lesenPaulus DreibholzPaulus DreibholzGaffa Limited2011

Paulus Dreibholz is not only an exqusite typographic designer but also an intelligent writer – recommended reading.

155Merve BackcoversMerve

Nice: ‘The Backcovers’ @MerveVerlag are increasingly becoming concrete poetry ...

154Catalogue raisonée of the books by Martin KippenbergerMartin KippenbergerSilke Fahnert, Uwe KochD. A. P.2003

Uwe Koch, ‘Catalogue raisonné’ of Kippenberger’s books. Being sold off at a steal at Walther König.

153The Fox 2Art & Language Foundation (Eds)unknownArt & Language Foundation1975

Without doubt one of the most exciting art journals of the 1970s: ‘The Fox’, Number 2, New York, 1975, published by the Art & Language Foundation Inc. “If you are concerned with art as an instrument of social and cultural transformation you are urged to participate in this journal.”

152Und sie bewegt sich dochIlja EhrenburgLars MüllerLars Müller1986

An early publication by Lars Müller Publishers, when it was still LIT Verlag: Ilya Ehrenburg, ‘Und sie bewegt sich doch’, LIT Verlag, 1986 (original edition Moscow, 1922)

151Oase #83Christoph GrafeKarel and Aagje MartensNAi Uitgevers2010

One of my favourite ‘Oase’ covers is this one for Issue #83, designed by Karel and Aagje Martens.

150Interview BookKatrin Erthel, Tabea NixdorffKatrin Erthel, Tabea NixdorffSelf-published2012

Katrin Erthel and Tabea Nixdorff – two students from the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig – conducted an interview with me and turned it into a nice little book.

149The Education of Young DesignEdward McDonaldunknownEye Magazine1994

Yesterday I stumbled upon this essay by Edward McDonald in ‘Eye Magazine’ 12/1994 – re-reading was worth it. Read it here. I miss important articles like this one in current design publications.

148Piet ZwartFridolin Müller (Ed.)Fridolin MüllerNiggli1966

Documents in the Visual Arts, Vol. 1: ‘Piet Zwart’, Niggli, 1966. Ragged right columns become poetry – Fridolin Müller edited and designed this series. The Zwart book is printed in immaculately saturated spot colours.

147Kinetische KunstHans Fischli, Willi Rotzler (Eds)Fridolin MüllerKunstgewerbemuseum Zürich1960

‘Kinetische Kunst’, Kunstgewerbemuseum Zurich, 1960. Fridolin Müller has an unerring sense of space. It’s rather strange to see what design history includes and leaves out. One day I’ll write a “B-Side History of Design” (promise!).

146Jean TinguelyGimpel & Hanover GalerieFridolin MüllerGimpel & Hanover Galerie1966

Featuring Fridolin Müller, a wonderful but neglected designer best known, if at all, for his Schützenfest poster. ‘Jean Tinguely’, Gimpel & Hanover Gallery, Zurich, 1966. Catalogue and invitation card.

The Legacy of the Modern Movement
Dirk Snauwaert, Christophe Van Gerrenwey (Eds)Luc DeryckeMER Paper Kunsthalle2010

This catalogue, pleasantly designed by Luc Derycke, features important texts of the Modern Movement in facsimile.

144Paul Valéry MoiPaul ValéryPaul RandPrinceton University Press1975

To come back to Paul Valéry once more: Paul Rand has designed an exquisite English edition of his collected works.

143The Sweet Flypaper of LifeRoy DeCaravaunknownSimon and Schuster1955

Some books tell stories in a dual sense: I found this note in my copy of the 1955 classic. I admire its splendidly narrative book design, as well as Roy DeCarava’s photographic blackness.

142Sonne auf der HautMoritz ZwimpferMoritz ZwimpferNiggli2009

Moritz Zwimpfer’s simple little book on colour ‘Sonne auf der Haut’ inspires me time and again. The colour of today’s sky: “open for everything, not yet determined”.

141CommercePaul Valéry (Eds)unknownGiraud-Badin1924

In 1924 Paul Valéry gathered the most brilliant minds of his generation and published the magazine ‘Commerce’. It was issued three times a year – green: spring, red: summer, brown: winter. 

140If I Had a MindKlaus GrohDumontDumont1971

“You are not obliged to take that insult for granted, choose the important ideas, the rest throw away.” – ‘If I Had a Mind’, 1971. For this book Klaus Groh invited concept-art artists to edit and make up their own pages.

139Learning from Las VegasRobert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Steven IzenourMuriel CooperMIT Press1972

Not for me with my tight budget: first edition, designed by Muriel Cooper. Luckily we have libraries.

138Das ABC eines TypografenJost HochuliJost HochuliEdition Ostschweiz2011

In his new book ‘Das ABC eines Typografen’ Jost Hochuli rediscovers beautiful books published by Jakob Hegner. Hochuli writes: “Hegner’s book designs remind me of the Shaker’s furniture: they are functional, of undecorrated simplicity, simply beautiful.” 

137Probe Nr. 462BertholdunknownBerthold AG

‘Probe Nr. 462’. What did those guys at Berthold smoke?

136The NamFiona BannerSecondary ModernFrith Street Books1997

Is it profane to be in awe of a book that no one ever reads? Fiona Banner describes ‘Apocalypse now’ in 995 pages. 

135Yvonne Rainer – Space Body LanguageYilmaz Dziewior, Barbara Engelbach (Eds)Selitsch WeigKunsthaus Bregenz2012

‘Yvonne Rainer, Space Body Language’ shows the American choreographer’s work and some nice Fluxus ephemera.

1342 + 52Jan P. BotermanMelle + de typografieklasDe Buitenkant2005

Some cover designs are so subtle that you almost miss them: ‘2 + 52’, Charles Jongejans, Melle + de typografieklas, en Mart Stam, designed and edited by Jan P. Boterman, published by Uitgeverij De Buitenkant, Amsterdam, 2005.

133SandbergPieter BrattingaPieter BrattingaKosmos1975

By looking at a book’s index you can measure the quality of its design. ‘Sandberg’, Kosmos Pub., 1975, is one of Pieter Brattinga’s best book designs and a thoroughly enjoyable book.

132The Cosmological EyeHenry MillerunknownNew Directions1939

Henry Miller: ‘The Cosmological Eye’, 1939 – from the library of Philip L. Field, Kenneth Goldsmith’s grandfather via @thejournalinc.

131Variantology VSiegfried Zielinski, Eckhard Furlus (Eds)Silke Fahnert Uwe KochKönig2011

Ever heard of the exciting Variantology Project? Naples centered Vol. V is a great read: Neapolitan Affairs, edited by Siegfried Zielinkski and Eckhard Fürlus, designed by Silke Fahnert and Uwe Koch.

130The Architecture of the CityAldo RossiMassimo VignelliOppositions Books1966

Aldo Rossi’s ‘The Architecture of the City’, designed by Massimo Vignelli, is still a key text – not only for architects – and worth re-reading.

129A Book About Some People and TimeMyung FeyenCarvalho BernauSelf-published2011

It’s always fun when Susana and Kai @at_cb come for a visit and we can exchange new ideas or books. Their ‘A Book About Some People and Time’ for artist Myung Feyen is incredibly musical – a polyphonic fugue. 

128Vorzüge der AbsichtslosigkeitPeter PillerChristoph KellerRevolver2004

This book featuring Peter Piller’s ‘Office Drawings’ is rather poetically titled ‘Advantages of Non-intentionality’ (published and designed by Christoph Keller).

127Zeitlose KunstLudwig GoldscheideunknownPhaidon Wien1934

Publishing art in anti-art times: Ludwig Goldscheide: ‘Zeitlose Kunst’, Phaidon/Wien, 1934. It almost seems as though I have a weakness for books that are bound in raw linen and have bold lettering on their title page.

126La TableFrancis PongeunknownGallimard1942

With ‘La Table’ Francis Ponge expands the author’s scope into the typographical. “Qu’est-ce que le silence dans la lecture? – Le silence est le sable des bruits.” Interesting article on Ponge’s Table in ‘Backcover Magazine’ 1/2008 (incidentally one of the last design mags worth reading).

125Notations Archiv 1Carsten Nicolai, Daniela Haufe, Detlef Fiedler (Eds)Klasse Systemdesign HGB LeipzigRaster Noton2006

‘Notations Archiv 1’, raster-noton: You can learn so much about typography by translating, i.e. notating music. This bookish box is the output of a project at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, supervised by Cyan and Carsten Nicolai. Each volume is designed by a different student. Hardly could decide which one to show – they’re all so beautiful.

124New WavesTakashi HommaunknownParco View2007

There are so many waves to surf ...

123Lo Studio Boggeri 1933-1981Bruno MonguzziBruno MonguzziElecta1981

Sharp Shooting: ‘Lo Studio Boggeri 1933-1981’, Electa, designed by Bruno Monguzzi.

122Dieter Roth InserateDieter RothStephan Fiedler Edizioni Periferia2010

Dieter Roth: ‘Advertisements’. “Those pages are like a junkyard. So I thought I’d just stick a little tear in them.” After 114 ads, the newspaper terminated the contract, supposedly because readers had complained. This book was carefully designed by Stephan Fiedler.

121Mein AutobuchunknownunknownPestalozzi

My first book ever. The disproportionately large VW Beetle shaped my early childhood design preferences.

120KlanktekstenLiesbeth CrommelinWim CrouwelStedelijk Museum1971

Some books age with grace, even when they are printed on ephemeral paper containing wood pulp – like this one, designed by Wim Crouwel, which has become even more touching through browning.

119Vilém FlusserVilém FlusserPhilipp LuidlTypographische Gesellschaft München1993

I love this strangely ephemeral cover with printed scratches designed by Philipp Luidl 1993 for Typographische Gesellschaft München. Vilém Flusser: ‘Typen und Charaktere, Vortrag für die TGM’, 1993.

118Die Schöne SchriftFrantišek MuzikaMilan HegarDausien1965

From time to time the two thick volumes of František Muzika’s ‘Die Schöne Schrift’ are on my desk. The book is not only fun to read, but also packed with cultural and historical information and probably the only treatise on typography in German at this level of completeness. Unfortunately there is only this German translation published by Dausien and the Czech original ‘Krásné písmo ve vyvoji latinky’.

117The Situationist InternationalStefan Zweifel, Juri Steiner, Heinz Stahlhut (Eds)Marie Lusa JRP Ringier2007

If you are even basically interested in the Situationist International, you need this book (headline = title). Designed by Marie Lusa and published by JRP Ringier.

116Cindy ShermanCindy ShermanLars HallHasselblad Center2000

Some books have something to hide, as does this beauty designed by Lars Hall AB.

115Uncreative WritingKenneth GoldsmithunknownColumbia University Press2011

Kenneth Goldsmith’s ‘Uncreative Writing’ won me over right from its title. It’s an unexspectedly good read.

1143rd Person ArchiveJohn Stezaker YesKönig2009

John Stezaker’s ‘3rd Person Archive’, subtly designed by YESstudio, features the smallest image sizes ever seen.

113Deutsches MosaikDieter Hildebrandt, Siegfried Unseld (Eds)Otl AicherSuhrkamp1972

Otl Aicher put this book with fold-out dustjacket on the nightstand of every athlete at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The reader-friendly “Bible replacement” is set flush left, ragged right, in Walbaum and Univers 45.

112Thomas HirschhornThomas HirschhornVascoKönig2012

Thomas Hirschhorn, ‘Kurt Schwitters-Plattform: Untere Kontrolle’, Sprengel Museum, 2012. The designers (Vasco, Paris) used an interesting Mercator revival credited as Mercator CC by Charles Mazé.

111Essentials in ConductingKarl Wilson GehrkensunknownOliver Ditson1919

Some old books look as if they were hip artefacts of our time ... 

110Serpentine PavilionAlexander KlugeHenrik NygrenKönig2011

Wonderful essay by Alexander Kluge in an exciting book designed by Henrik Nygren on Zumthor’s Serpentine pavilion.

109Geschichte der Mechanischen PrinzipienIstván SzabóAlbert GommBirkhäuser1987

​István Szabó, ‘Geschichte der Mechanischen Prinzipien und ihrer wichtigsten Anwendungen’, Birkhäuser, 1976. I feel more and more attracted to the dry typography of the underrated Swiss designer Albert Gomm.

108The Typographic Contribution to LanguageRobert WallerRobert WallerPrivate print1987

There is way too little demanding reflection on typography. Robert Waller fills this vacuum with his profound research ... He has made most of his texts available online, including his thesis which I printed and bound.

107Le Spectacle Dans La RueAnna Boggeri, Bruno Monguzzi, Foldesna Boggeri (Eds)The Red BoxCapelli2005

Le Spectacle Dans la Rue’, Capelli, 2005. If you could only own one book on poster design, this would be it.

106Frank Lloyd Wright AutobiographyFrank Lloyd WrightunknownDuell, Sloan, and Pearce1943

Sunday reading: ‘Frank Lloyd Wright – An Autobiography’. Found my copy 15 years ago in the far corner of an antiquarian bookstore in Hanover, New Hampshire, for one dollar. (On the return-flight my luggage was 20 kg overweight. Those were the days before internet bookshops were born.)

105Dan GrahamDan GrahamunknownKönig1972

To print the contents page on the cover is not an invention of our time – ‘Dan Graham’, published by Walther König in 1972.

104Aicher and Enzensberger for BMWHans Magnus EnzensbergerWalter SchwaigerTransAtlantik1981

Back when advertising could have cultural value. Concept: Otl Aicher, text: Hans Magnus Enzensberger (!), who also started this magazine. Müller-Brockmann drew a strange typeface for the headlines.

103Investigation Into the Physical Properties of BooksW. A. DwigginsW. A. DwigginsPrivate print1919

W. A. Dwiggins published an ‘Investigation Into the Physical Properties of Books’ in 1919, concluding that “All Books of the Present Day Are Badly Made”. Probably any ambitious designer of any generation would find that Dwiggins’s chart applies to their own day.

102A Young Patriot in the American RevolutionJim MurphyBradbury ThompsonWest Virginia Pulp and Paper Company1981

‘A Young Patriot in the American Revolution’, 1981. Good book design knows how to tell stories. As in this private edition elegantly designed by the great Bradbury Thompson. He said: “I believe an avid interest in Type necessarily includes a zest for everyday life.”

101HölderlinFriedrich HölderlinD. E. SattlerRoter Stern1976

‘Friedrich Hölderlin – Sämtliche Werke’, Frankfurter Ausgabe, Vol. 6. Typographic translations of pure poetry.

100Alvar AaltoAlvar AaltoKarl MannhartEditions Girsberger1963

An all time favourite – for the cover typography as well as the architect!

99Our Home Shek Kip MeiVincent YuLuk Chi CheongMCCM2007

This is the only book I own that is housed in a cloth dust-jacket. It is a photobook dedicated to the people who lived at Shek Kip Mei housing estate, Hong Kong, from 1954 to 2006.

98L’effet GutenbergFernand BaudinFernand BaudinÉditions du Cercle de la Librairie1994

Re-reading Baudin’s faboulous book ‘L’effet Gutenberg’ – or at least trying to – with a French dictionary, as no translation exists. Baudin reflects not only on the art of typography, but on the design of the page and the ever-changing means of printing and designing with type.

97Soy CubaCarole Goodman, Claudio SotolongoCarole GoodmanTrilce Ediciones2011

Carole Goodman, Claudio Sotolongo and Stephen Heller present post-revolutionary Cuban cinema posters. Don’t be fooled by the cover – there are many gems in this book.

96Complete Penguin ShakespeareWilliam ShakespeareHans SchmollerPenguin1969

Hans Schmoller’s economical typography for the ‘Complete Penguin Shakespeare’, published in 1969, is pure and convincing. 

95Voyage au bout de la nuitLouis-Ferdinand CélineunknownDemoël et Steele1932

I have a love-hate relationship with Celine’s prose. It eviscerates everything around him, as well as himself.

94Persistent HutsDerek SullivanDerek SullivanPrinted Matter2008

Derek Sullivan: ‘Persistent Huts‘ (published 2008). Books are architecture built out of ‘Psychobuildings’ ... 

93File Under ArchitectureHerbert MuschampMuriel CooperMIT Press1974

Architecture is a word – Muriel Cooper created this book with a handmade feel and a bad bookbinder, but nevertheless it’s an immaculate design. 

92Introduction to TypographyOliver SimonOliver SimonFaber and Faber1954

Every typography nerd should internalise this quote on the title page of Oliver Simon’s ‘Introduction to Typography’: “The old artists of the classical school were never egotists. Egotism has been and remains responsible for many defects of modern typography.”

91Allora & CalzadillaJennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla YesKönig2010

Weight can be a surprising as well as awe-inspiring means of design – as in this strange beauty. ‘Allora & Calzadilla & Etcetera’, Koenig Books, 2009, designed by Yes.

90Capitolo ZeroGiovanna SandriGiovanna SandriLerici Editore1969

A typographical score of exceptional beauty: Giovanna Sandri: ‘Capitolo Zero’ (published by Lerici Editore in 1969). ‘Capitolo Zero’ è una avventura dentro il segno (Capitolo Zero is an adventure inside a dream).

89Book Look BookJörg KoopmannKeller Maurer DesignBook with a Beard2011

Book Look Book’: While sitting at his bookfair stand, Jörg Koopman took beautiful photos of beautiful people looking at his books – beautifully executed by Keller Maurer Design. For best separations around ask Christian Albrecht – he also made this book shine and gave me one of his rare voucher copies – many thanks.

88The Aims of EducationAlfred North WhiteheadunknownFree Press1916

“Culture is the activity of thought, and receptiveness to beauty and humane feeling. Scraps of information have nothing to do with it. A merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God’s earth” – thus Alfred North Whitehead writes in this seminal book.

87Paul StrandPaul Strand, Basil DavidsonunknownVEB Verlag der Kunst1962

Paul Strand’s ‘Land der Gräser’ was sensitively laid out, typeset and gravure printed in the former East Germany in 1962. It seems to me that people in the 1960s were less afraid of black in black-and-white reproductions. Maybe “blackness” is nowadays felt to be a metaphor for death.

86Bill Drummond – 17Bill DrummondunknownPenkiln Burn2008

I really love Bill Drummond’s books. If only his UK printers had a sensibility for the running direction of paper. ‘To burn a million quid’ (one of Drummond’s best works) seems to have become a normal practice today. 

85Dick HigginsDick HigginsunknownSomething Else Press1969

‘Foew&ombwhnw’ by Dick Higgins, Something Else Press, 1969 – Another bible: this book is nothing but great!

84On Semantic PoetryStefan ThemersonunknownGaberbocchus1975

In his ‘Semantic Sonata’ Themerson structures text prosodically with ‘semantic typography’. “One can understand the Themersonian ‘Internal Vertical Justification’ as a special case of what designers know as alignment”, writes Kinross in his Froshaug book, “whereby elements within a visual field are given order by letting them run from or to the same vertical axis.”

83LesenStanislas DehaeneBuch-WerkstattKnaus2007

Stanislas Dehaene’s book on reading is not visually appealing, but essential to every typographic designer’s library. English edition here.

82Travels in Modern ArchitectureHoward Robertson, Francis Rowland Yerbury (Eds)unknownArchitectural Associationun1989

This fake leather cover from 1989 feels throughly modern with poetic reference to its title. A good read, by the way!

81Art Eric GillEric GillBodley Head1934

Two small books on somehow interrelated issues written and designed by Eric Gill. ‘Art’ was published by The Bodley Head in 1934. This is the fourth edition of 1950, regrettably reset in Bodoni.

80UnemploymentEric GillEric GillFaber and Faber1933

Two small books on somehow interrelated issues written and designed by Eric Gill. Well worth rereading. ‘Unemployment’ was published by Faber & Faber in 1933.

79Im Laboratorium der ModerneMatthias NoellPrill Vieceli Cremersgta Verlag2011

Matthias Noell: ‘Im Laboratorium der Moderne’ (published 2011). A reading book on Doesburg that reveals its secrets at second sight.

78Book of a Thousand TonguesEric M. NorthunknownUnited Bible Societies1972

One of the most exciting books on typography I own. The ‘Book of a Thousand Tongues’ (here second edition, published in 1972) features facsimile images of Bible excerpts in 1399 languages.

77Valerio OlgiatiValerio OlgiatiDino SimonettBirkhäuser2011

Two fine booklets on ‘Valerio Olgiati’, designed by Dino Simonett (with Bruno Margreth) – the square shape being a lecture.

76Vom Bau der KircheRudolf SchwarzunknownLambert Schneider1947

Rudolf Schwarz: ‘Vom Bau der Kirche’ (published 1947). Angelic conceptual illustrations between architectural drawings and pictograms. And, as a counterpoint, typography with Gill sans, nicely printed with letterpress.

75Ed Ruscha – WritingsEd Ruscha, Alexandra Schwartz (Eds)Graphic CompositionMIT Press2002

Ed Ruscha, ‘Leave Any Information at the Signal. Writings’, published in 2002. Enjoyed this book and its cover, a loaded conceptual gesture.

74A Good BookJohn KörmelingGeertjan DusseljeeVan Abbemuseum2002

Books that start on the title page are often good books – as is this one: John Körmeling: ‘A Good Book’, designed by Geertjan Dusselje (published 2002).

73Music BoxKatja Blomberg (Ed.)Hermann Hülsenberg StudioKönig2011

William Engelen, ‘Music Box’. A simple and elegant catalogue reminiscent of a musical score for artist-composer Engelen.

72Die neue StadtMarkus Kutter, Lucius Burckhardt, Max Frisch (Eds)Karl GerstnerFelix Handschin1956

‘Basler politische Schriften 1-3’, edited by Markus Kutter, designed by Karl Gerstner, Verlag Felix Handschin, Basel, 1955-56. It’s fascinating to see how the typographical skill, expression and formal refinement of the young Karl Gerstner has evolved over these three publications. Here: ‘Basler politische Schriften 3 – Die neue Stadt’.

71Achtung: die SchweizMarkus Kutter, Lucius Burckhardt, Max Frisch (Eds)Karl GerstnerFelix Handschin1955

‘Basler politische Schriften 1-3’, edited by Markus Kutter, designed by Karl Gerstner, Verlag Felix Handschin, Basel, 1955-56. It’s fascinating to see how the typographical skill, expression and formal refinement of the young Karl Gerstner has evolved over these three publications. Here: ‘Basler politische Schriften 2 – Achtung: die Schweiz’.

70Wir selber bauen unsre StadtMarkus Kutter, Lucius Burckhardt (Eds)Karl GerstnerFelix Handschin1955

‘Basler politische Schriften 1-3’, edited by Markus Kutter, designed by Karl Gerstner, Verlag Felix Handschin, Basel, 1955-56. It’s fascinating to see how the typographical skill, expression and formal refinement of the young Karl Gerstner has evolved over these three publications. Here: ‘Basler politische Schriften 1 – Wir selber bauen unsre Stadt’.

69Film SocialismeJean-Luc Godard2 EditDiaphanes2011

An appendix to a brilliant film in the form of a little book: Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Film Socialisme’.

68Max BillMax BillMax BillHFG Ulm1956

An exceptionally awesome catalogue Max Bill designed in 1956. I get so excited whenever I take it off the shelf.

67Otl Aicher, GestalterEva MoserWeidner HändleHatje Cantz2011

This book, designed and sent by my friend Berthold Weidner, arrived today. Will not open until Xmas – at least I’ll try not to.

66Design and CrimeHal FosterRumors StudioVerso2002

Maybe this book (strange line break on the cover, don’t have a clue what it wants to say) shouldn’t lie on my nightstand. It infiltrates my dreams.

65Der Mut zur WahrheitMichel FoucaultWilly FleckhausSuhrkamp2010

Michel Foucault: ‘Der Mut zur Wahrheit’ (English edition). Astonishing hallucinogenic documents ... 

64Ein Gespräch mit Louise BourgeoisDonald KuspitSilke Fahnert, Uwe KochPiet Meyer2011

An engaging read for a Sunday with a lightly falling snow: How to live 98 years without growing old. 

63Another Scale of ArchitectureJunya IshigamiRie ShimodaSeigensha2009

There is something about white books: Junya Ishigami: ‘Another Scale of Architecture’. Not only the cover is pristine.

62Thoughts on DesignPaul RandPaul RandWittenborn1947

Paul Rand, ‘Thoughts on Design’, 1947. How playful an emboss can be – beautiful.

61Joseph Moxon – Mechanick ExercisesHarry Carter, Herbert Davis (Eds)Charles BateyOxford University Press1958

Re-reading Moxon’s ‘Mechanick Exercises’. My copy is a gift Berthold Wolpe gave to Folio font designer Konrad F. Bauer.

60Die Lochkameras von Peter OlpePeter OlpeWolfgang WeingartPeter Olpe1992
A pleasant booklet on Peter Olpe’s pinhole cameras, designed by Wolfgang Weingart in 1992.
59Andor Foldes – ErinnerungenAndor FoldesR. BenensLimes1993

Andor Foldes: ‘Erinnerungen’. I bought this book for one eurocent. The best Bartók interpreter is a wonderful storyteller.

Listen! These are wonderful recordings I recommend without reservation: I II

58Alfred Stieglitz – The Key SetSarah GreenoughDerek BirdsallAbrams2002

Alfred Stieglitz, ‘The Key Set’, Vol. II, designed by Derek Birdsall. Stieglitz’s clouds – Equivalents – are pure poetry.

57What is a Designer?Norman PotterRobin KinrossHyphen1969

Another book to read again and again: Norman Potter, ‘What Is a Designer?’ wholeheartedly recommended (here the revised third edition from 1989).

56Design for the Real WorldVictor PapanekunknownAcademy Chicago Publishers1970

Important books by designers, part II: Victor Papanek: ‘Design For The Real World’. Read the section on the Ulm School of Design (p. 227).

55KulturbolschewismusPaul RennerPaul RennerEugen Rentsch1932

‘Kulturbolschewismus?’ – old and new. It’s seldom that designers have the guts and the sense to write essential books (first edition published in 1932, reprint with annotations by Roland Reuss and Peter Staengle published in 2003).

54From Afar it was an IslandBruno MunariBruno MunariCorraini2006

Bruno Munari, ‘From Afar It Was an Island’. Nice, but dear Italian printers: paper has a running direction!

53Slanted 16SlantedSlantedSlanted2011

“Dieser ganze aufgeblasene Designballon – ich hasse den wie die Pest (This whole overblown design balloon – I hate it like the plague!)”. Jost Hochuli in an interview in Slanted 16.

52The ClockChristian MarclayLaurent BennerWhite Cube2010

Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ is a fine, thick artist’s book. Every minute of a day is represented by a film still. I like the noble restraint of Laurent Benner’s design, but I don’t quite get the fashion for ugly justified text.

51How to Speak Japanese CorrectlyK. Akada, J. SatomiunknownSeisoku Nihon-Go-Gaku1918

‘How to Speak Japanese Correctly’ – the thingness of books is an experience generator.

50On Writing WellWilliam ZinsserunknownAutorenhaus1976

If you don’t like the cover but the book, make your own jacket. Essential reading for every designer by the way. It’s also a book on design in a metaphorical sense. Ugly German edition (the translation is better than the original cover design – under my jacket).

49Re-ObjektGerhard MerzGerhard MerzRichter2007

Gerhard Merz is striving for the absolute, for perfection. What he left out of the equation: bookbinding. 

48Long Life Cool WhiteMoyra DaveyKatie AndresenYale University Press2008

Very well worth reading! My copy met with an accident, which seems to undermine its title (no pun intended). 

47Viviane SassenViviane SassenSybren KuiperPrestel2011

Viviane Sassen, ‘Parasomnia’. “I try to make images that confuse me”, she says, “and I hope they confuse others, too.”

46Griffelkunst 2001-2010Dirk Dobke, Harald RüggebergMichael SauerGriffelkunst2011

I like this book. It’s beautifully executed without falling into the trap of wanting to be stylish.

45Arnold SchönbergArnold Schönberg Günther StillerUniversal Edition 1968

Beautiful edition of Schoenberg’s tight-knit piano oeuvre by typographer Günther Stiller.

44Rietveld’s ChairMarijke KuperLex ReitsmaNAi Uitgevers2011

‘Rietveld’s Chair’ (NAi Publishers, 2012): ‘A book with a film by Lex Reitsma’. Enjoyed both, as well as the unobstrusive design.

43Das BuchKlaus ScherübelKlaus ScherübelKönig2001

The book as a concept: Klaus Scherübel’s object of an unpublished book by Mallarmé consists of nothing but a dustjacket.

42Zehn HochRay and Charles EamesHenri WirthnerZweitausendeins1994

Eames, ‘Zehn Hoch’. The eccentric ragged left vs. right layout by Henri Wirthner works fine here and looks almost classical.

41Notizen zum KinematographenRobert BressonAlexander WewerkaAlexander Verlag2007

On my nightstand: Bresson’s musings on cinema (which is of course just another field of design). At least there’s a French edition of the Bresson book by Gallimard – don’t know if it’s available in English.

40Spielplatz und Gemeinschaftszentrum Alfred Ledermann, Alfred TrachselErnst ScheideggerGerd Hatje1959

‘Public space’ sounds like a promise from a time when man was a participant rather than a spectator in the growth of a city. Most contemporary graphic design seems solely rhetorical. I wish we could reestablish a meaningful non-artsy discourse on important questions of our profession.

39Jan TschicholdRudolf Hostettler (Ed.)Jan TschicholdSchweizerischer Typographenverbund1972

Not exactly a book, but a publication I love: Typografische Monatsblätter 4/1972 on Jan Tschichold.

38KatsuraYasufumi NakamoriDaphne GeismarYale University Press2010

This book by Daphne Geismar (published 2010) is a gem. Beautifully designed and produced. Only the binding could have been better, without PUR.

37Das dtv-Taschenbuch und die Akzidenz-GroteskH. Berthold AGCelestino PiattiBerthold AG

Back when publishers had a recognisable house-style: Celestino Piatti for dtv, using Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk. 

36What Will Be Has Always BeenRichard Saul WurmanRichard Saul WurmanAccess Press1986

The Words of Louis I. Kahn (published 1986): an inspiring book with a beautiful cover, designed by Richard Saul Wurman. Gathers Kahn’s speeches, writings, interviews and journal entries and shares the reminiscences of fellow architects.

35Projet pour un livre. Projet pour un film.Nico Dockx, Helena SidiropoulosNico Dockx, Jean-Michel MeyersSociété des Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts2009

Nico Dockx published this catalogue on Broodthaers with blacked out images due to unresolved copyright issues in 2009. 

34German EphemeridesFritz WerleunknownO.W. Barth1950

When our future was written in the stars and typesetting was hard work: ‘German Ephemerides, 1951-1960 (midnight)’. 

33CircleLeslie Martin, Ben NIcholson, Naum GaboBarbara HepworthFaber and Faber1937

The marvellous English bible of modernism (An International Survey of Constructive Art, published 1937). Writings from Corbusier to Neutra, from Mondrian to Tschichold.

32Des Kaisers KulisTheodor PlievierJohn HeartfieldMalik1930

John Heartfield had this wonderful idea of using the spine as a teaser to the book in 1930 (Malik Verlag, Berlin).

31No PhotographingTimm RautertSarah WinterSteidl2011

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image: Timm Rautert’s beautiful Amish and Hutterite photos, finally published in 2011. 

30VinylGuy SchraenenGuy SchraenenNeues Museum Weserburg2005

A book I love a lot (apart from its dust jacket, which I removed): ‘Vinyl Records and Covers By Artists’. 

29Some Trifles Which Make for PerfectionCarl Purington RollinsCarl Purington RollinsGeorge McKibbin1949

‘Some Trifles Which Make for Perfection’: Carl Purington Rollins’s discourse on details in typography (‘A Brief Discourse on the Details of Setting-up of Footnotes, Bibliographies, and Indexes – Applicable to Any Kind of Type and Any Size of Book’, published in 1949).

28Saul BassJennifer BassBass Jennifer Laurence King2011

Published by Laurence King in 2011. Jennifer’s book on her father Saul Bass is one of the few must-have graphic design publications. Love it. 

27Koerners WerkeTheodor KoernerHarry Graf Kessler, Emery WalkerInsel1906

Großherzog Wilhelm Ernst Edition (‘Koerners Werke’, published in 1906): a most ergonomic reading tool with a pleasant tactile sensation. Titles drawn by Eric Gill. 

26Italo ModernMartin und Werner FeiersingerSchmid Willi Springer2012

Beautiful (but strange) architecture in a strange (but beautiful) book, designed by Willi Schmid, Vienna. 

25The Secret War Between Downloading and UploadingPeter LunenfeldRoettinger Brian MIT Press2011

“All animals download, but only a few upload anything besides shit and their own bodies.” Interesting book but ugh! Ugliest fast-food binding ever: Read and dispose. 

24Selbstdenker und SystemdenkerKarl Heinz BohrerKlaus DetjenHanser2011

A new book by Karl Heinz Bohrer: ‘Selbstdenker und Systemdenker’. ‘Confessions of an Independent Thinker’. 

23Art and PlasticsFranco PassoniAG FronzoniIndustria Pubblicazioni Audiovisivi1975

The book as sculpture: ‘AG Fronzoni – Art and Plastics’, 1975. Not only is the container awesome, so is the book.

22Paul Otletunknownunknownunknown

A book by Le Corbusier I found in a film: ‘The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World’ – Paul Otlet.

21How to Use Your EyesJames ElkinsunknownRoutledge2000

Not so beauftiful in terms of design, but for the ravishing stories it unfolds. 

20Morton Feldman – EssaysMorton FeldmanZentralsatz Dieter NoeBeginner Press1985

Definitely one of the brightest minds in 20th century music. Feldman’s essays are seminal texts. Here is an interview with Morton Feldman in German.

19Josef Koudelka – RomaJosef KoudelkaSarah WinterSteidl2011

Only Steidl knows how to catch up with gravure printing. Impressive! Read this article in the German newspaper ‘TAZ’.

18Das WattAlfred EhrhardtRichard von SichowskyHeinrich Ellermann1937

Alfred Ehrhardt: ‘Das Watt’. Outstandingly well printed in sheet fed gravure printing, published by Ellermann, 1937.

17The Philosophical PalaceJames Lee ByarsGerd FleischmannGalerie Michael Werner1986

Gerd Fleischmann designed this book on James Lee Byars in 1986. Still one of my favourites and one of his best.

16The Internet and EveryoneJohn Chris JonesJohn Chris JonesEllipsis2000

I always come back to this wonderful small thick book by John Chris Jones: ‘The Internet and Everyone’. A must-read.

15Walter Niedermayr – AppearancesWalter NiedermayrMevis & Van DeursenSkira2011

What makes this Mevis & Van Deursen book on Walter Niedermayr spectacular is how unspectacular it is.

14Armand SchulthessHans-Ulrich SchlumpfElektrosmogEdition Patrick Frey2011

The most beautiful book Elektrosmog ever made: awesome materiality, erotic tactile sensation. Feel it, pictures won’t tell you the whole story.

13Steve JobsWalter IsaacsonSeitenweiseC. Bertelsmann2011

Conspiracy! The last page of ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson, German edition.

12Schweizer FotobücherPeter PfrunderIntegral Lars MüllerLars Müller2012

Way too heavy to read in bed, nonetheless beautifully executed, as is nearly everything from @LarsMullerBooks.

11Apollo AmerikaFerdinand KriwetWilly FleckhausSuhrkamp1969

Finest Fluxus: Kriwet’s ‘Apollo Amerika’, published in 1969 by Edition Suhrkamp – a typographer’s delight. If you are looking for a copy you may find one available here.

10Guy de CointetMarie de Brugerolle, Larry Bell, Gérard Wajcman (Eds)Gavillet & RustJRP Ringier2011

Striking little book by Gavillet & Rust @optimofoundry on Guy de Cointet – a strange but fascinating artist.

9Das befremdliche Überleben des NeoliberalismusColin CrouchWilly FleckhausSuhrkamp2011

“But what do we do when the assertion of national citizenship rights becomes our only defence against the power of trans-national corporations to disrupt our lives?” A must-read. 

8Metabolism TalksRem Koolhaas, Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Eds)Harvard Graduate School of DesignTaschen2011

Usually I don’t like Irma Boom’s flamboyant design, but here it works: ‘Project Japan – Metabolism Talks’ (published 2011).

7Kultur DigitalHedy Graber, Dominik Landwehr, Veronika Sellier (Eds)GlashausChristoph Merian Verlag2011

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 7: “Finale” with a beautiful book designed by Glashaus – Gregor Huber and Ivan Sterzinger. The digital revels in the analogue. Form and content coalesce in an exciting compendium. This design has thoroughly analogue qualities – ergonomic typography, fine-grained materials, judicious use of a vocabulary well under control. Unfortunately the PUR binding makes the book difficult to open. An almost perfect book.

6Colored WatersCécile WickBüro 146Scheidegger & Spiess2011

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 6: The most sensual experience: ‘Cécile Wick – Colored Waters’ – a tactile delight. 

5Maurizio CattelanMaurizio Cattelan, Nancy Spector (Eds)Chad KloepferGuggenheim Museum Publications2011

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 5: A beautiful ‘bible’ for Maurizio Cattelan’s installation @Guggenheim.

4Ernst SchurtenbergerHeinz Widauer, Christine Anliker (Eds)VelvetScheidegger & Spiess2011

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 4: ‘Ernst Schurtenberger 1931 – 2006’, published by Scheidegger & Spiess. Not sure if this binding works. Nice idea and book anyway. 

3VideogrammeHannes RickliHubertus DesignScheidegger & Spiess2011

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 3: ‘Videogramme’, published by Scheidegger & Spiess. Look at the spine. The bookbinder’s precision scares me. 

2Atlas TransformaceZbyněk Baladrán, Vít Havránek, Věra Krejčová (Eds)Adéla SvobodováJRP Ringier (english edition)2010

Last Week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 2: ‘Atlas Transformace’. Stunning. English edition available!

1Typografins VägMarcus GärdeMarcus GärdeBachgärde Förlag2010

Last week at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, Part 1: Marcus Gärde, ‘Typografins Väg, Volym I, II: en guide för morgondagens typografer’ (a guide for tomorrow’s typographers).