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Der Lebhag

Der Lebhag

Der Lebhag

Meinrad Inglin (1893−1971), Nadine Spengler (Illustration)

Nadine Spengler, Zürich

Engelberger Druck AG, Stans

SJW Schweizerisches Jugendschriftenwerk, Zürich



The Schweizerische Jugendschriftenwerk (SJW, Swiss Organization for Young People's Literature) has republished Meinrad Inglin's story ‘Der Lebhag' (The Living Hedge). In this slim volume, the text is set in one column in a relatively large font, interrupted by numerous pages with two to four drawings by the designer on each that illustrate particular terms from the surrounding text : animals, plants, objects, etc. The drawings are composed of paper cut-outs scanned and digitally manipulated to form collages. In the middle of the volume, the eponymous ‘living hedge' and its inhabitants can be seen in a full-bleed double-page spread, and the jacket also features the hedge over two pages. The designer makes the most of the traditional format of SJW books. The illustrations are both particular and beautiful, and are well matched by the chosen font and meticulous typesetting. The overall impression is clear, open and communicative.

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