“Perhaps fifty per cent of the character and integrity of a printed page lies in its letterforms. Much of the other fifty per cent resides in its margins.” — Robert Bringhurst
I recently read an article over at I Love Typography that compares margins in books of old to the more commonly small margined & mass produced books of today.
There are definitely benefits to our new, smaller margined pages – thinner books & less paper used being a big factor. The practical aside, however – because after all, if we were really concerned about saving space & paper, we would just download a book to our iPad – but to me, there is still something about picking up an old, musty smelling book with beautifully wide margins somehow makes the reading experience, just a little bit better.
Any thoughts on this? You can read the article here & let me know what you think!