Most things that are commonly described with good, beautiful and touching are not formally perfect. The book studies the topics of photography, painting, architecture, sound and (a personal one) stutter to develop a book layout concept based on imperfection. In the book, those imperfections are referred to as Rauschen (grain). The layout shall not only inform the viewer/reader but rather move them, too.
The authors own imperfection – a stutter – motivated him to explore this topic. After many years of therapy the question comes up if “perfect speech” should be the goal or if there is more potential in not striving for perfection but for authenticity.
Each chapter describes a different topic and specific imperfections which are visually translated into the layout. Bastardo Grotesk*ish as well as GT Alpina and Covik Sans Mono have imperfect, grainy aspects in their visual appearance that fit well for the overall idea of the book. The fonts of the intertitles vary for each chapter based on the characteristics of the topics imperfection.