What the German RAT FÜR FORMGEBUNG says about TOC


This exquisite limited letterpress edition is signed by the author. The books are printed letterpress to a limited run of 998 numbered copies on a 1954 Heidelberg Cylinder using polymer plates. Schleipen Werkdruck 90g/m2 paper is soothing to the eyes and is perfect for long reads. For the dust jackets TOC has chosen Gmund cotton paper, using stylised patterns of classic textiles. Fabric has a structure we can feel, and letterpress printing enhanced the tactile feel of paper. Endpapers change colors from each edition, contrasting each jacket. The linen hardcover is blind-embossed with the author name, title and logo. Sewn binding ensures that the book is easy to open. A spot color highlights the running footer and page details. Typography follows the craft practiced through centuries of the printed page, brought up-to-date by contemporary fonts from young type designers. Combining digitally generated plates with traditional letterpress, TOC books are an exciting mix between analog and digital. 

The German Design Awards are the premium award of the German Design Council. With its worldwide spectrum and international appeal, it is one of the most prestigious awards in the design landscape across all industries. Since 2012, the German Design Awards have been identifying significant design trends, presenting them to a broad public and honouring them. Every year, extraordinary submissions in product design, communication design and architecture are honoured.


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