Margin

“A well-proportioned margin can enhance the pleasure of reading enormously.”

in Grid Systems in Graphic Design, Müller-Brockmann, Josef,  Zürich: Niggli, 2007

“Espaço deixado livre à cabeça, no pé ou nos lados da composição tipográfico; Pedaço de papel que se deixa em branco entre a parte impressa ou manuscrita de uma página e as suas extremidades; Cercadura; Orla. Beira. Lado. Tarja; Guarnições correspondentes ao branco na folha de impressão; o espaço em branco pode ser superior (margem da cabeça), inferior (margem do pé), exterior (margem da goteira) ou interior (margem do dorso); o espaço da margem que não tenha sido cortado pela guilhotina do encadernador constitui um elemento de valorização do livro, especialmente se for antigo; Apostila.”

in Dicionário do Livro – Da Escrita ao Livro Electrónico, Maria Isabel Faria e Maria Graça Pericão, 2008

“The more significant the content of a book, the longer it has to be preserved, and the more balanced, indeed, the more perfect its typography has to be. Leading, letterspacing and word spacing must be faultless. The relationships of the margins to each other, the relationships of all type sizes used, the placement of running heads: everything must exhibit noble proportions and yield an unalterable effect.

The type area was centered in the middle of the page, and the four margins were of equal width. […] Harmony between page size and type area is achieved when both have the same proportions.

< Rubrication> of the text is done with the different kinds of headings and occasionally, with marginalia.

Proportions are hidden everywhere: in the capaciousness of the margins, in the reciprocal relationships to each other of all four margins on the page of a book, in the relationship between leading of the type area and dimensions of the margins, in the placement of the page number relative to the type area, in the extent to which capital letters are spaced differently from the text, and not least, in the spacing of the words themselves.”

in The Forms of the Book – Essays on the Morality of Good Design, Jan Tschichold, 1948.

Marginal notes require a substantial margin, whether it is needed for the book or not. Often it is difficult to find the next marginal note, in particular when a long one stretches over several pages. Marginal notes are obsolete.”

 in The Forms of the Book – Essays on the Morality of Good Design, Jan Tschichold, 1948

“[Marginal notes are] Guides to the information on a traditional page were usually found on the top and on the left margin of a page. […] On the left margin indentations or marks announced changes of subject.”

in “Reading outside the Grid: designers and society”, Frances Butler

“Anotação manuscrita ou impressa apresentada na margem de livros, impressos ou manuscritos e referente ao seu texto. Apostila. Adição marginal. Glosa marginal. Marginalia. (port. Bras.) Risca marginal.”

in Dicionário do Livro – Da Escrita ao Livro Electrónico, Maria Isabel Faria e Maria Graça Pericão, 2008

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