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Reclam “Universal-Bibliothek” (2012–)

Contributed by Stéphane Darricau on Jul 19th, 2022. Artwork published in .
    Reclam “Universal-Bibliothek” (2012–)
    Source: www.designmadeingermany.de Reclam. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Founded in Leipzig in 1828, German publishing house Reclam Verlag is notorious for its popular “Universal-Bibliothek” paperback series, whose brightly-coloured covers have been familiar to high-school and university students in Germany for more than fifty years.

    The most recent update on the classic “UB” cover template was undertaken in 2012 by Cornelia Feyll and Friedrich Forssman, who chose Frank E. Blokland’s DTL Documenta as the main typeface. They also strengthened the famous colour scheme which identifies each range within the series: yellow for the most popular one (literary classics in German), blue for study guides, orange for bilingual editions of literary and philosophical classics, magenta for non-fiction, red for books in other languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, etc.), and green for source texts aimed at university students.

    The Feyll/Forssman design replaced the one established in 1988 (see this post) by Brigitte and Hans Peter Willberg featuring Stempel Garamond.

    For those of you who can read German, the whole 2012 redesign and the history of the publishing house are summed up in this very nice publication (pdf).

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