Atomfieber. Eine Geschichte der Atomenergie in der Schweiz
This extensive study of the history of Swiss nuclear power is as attractive as it is accessible thanks to some spot-on design decisions. The first section, comprising over 300 pages of text, has an asymmetrical layout with striking proportions that always leaves room for the footnotes in the left hand margin. All text elements – including the page numbers and page titles at the bottom – are in a uniform font and size. Only the individual pages with chapter titles employ a second, larger typeface and a two-column layout that is also used on the cover – here printed on top of a photograph of a cooling tower at dusk extending across the back. The second section of the book comprises three dozen pictures arranged chronologically, each in isolation and aligned with the page edge at top left, with detailed captions beneath. The result is a layout that is pared down and easy to navigate and creates a very attractive overall impression. This is a successful example of the commendable practice of a publisher whose declared aim is to archive Swiss contemporary history in book form.