[ Layout ]


The planning of the layout for a book or another publication has the task of transferring previous preliminary considerations and individual results of the design idea into the real book form. Whether paper and pencil, a typometer, font samples, reference cards or just notes are used for this is neither relevant for macro typography nor for micro typography



Nolens (aut) volens
“Not wanting or wanting” – in the sense of “wanted or unwanted”, “involuntarily”, “good or bad”, “forced”, “inevitably”; also: due to coincidence.

Versus (vs.)
“Against” or “compared to”; the comparison of contradicting approaches.

Vitiis nemo sine nascitur.
“Nobody is born without mistakes.”
Horace, sermones 1,3,68 (… although the sentence is incomplete).

The right idea.
Give the layout its own shape OR: shape the idea of the layout.


Examples of layout drafts (see below):

      • Nolens volens.
      • Versus or: compared to.
      • Nobody is born without mistakes.
      • Position of the Shapes.


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Macro typography

The macro-typographical draft takes place within the framework of the layout. In other words: the macro typography defines the structure, the principles of order (or aesthetics), the complexity and the didactic use of the book or publication. In addition, technical, haptic and semiotic parameters are defined.


Micro typography

Micro typography or detailed typography means the micro-typographic typesetting that requires fonts for the production (the typefaces; in the days of classic manual and machine typesetting, be the “letters”) and a coherent and complete macro-typographic layout in the design.


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Figure 1 for layout drafts.
  • Example 1: Nolens volens.
    Whether you like it or not, or: for better or for worse. The colors highlight something, but does the arrangement look good? Yes, because it demonstrates color transitions here.



Figure 2 for layout drafts.
  • Example 2: Versus or: compared to.
    The comparison with other things makes sense. Emulating is not always the order of the day.



Figure 3 for layout drafts.
  • Example 3: Nobody is born without mistakes.
    Trying is sometimes the only way to get good or great results.



Figure 4 for layout drafts.
  • Example 4: Position of the Shapes.
    Shapes are forms, structures, symbols and also auto and freehand forms that visually represent states or simply geometries. As a circle, cylinder or cube, they are often used in spreadsheets.