As part of a typography course, I was able to design a small booklet containing Beatrice Warde's essay The Crystal Goblet or Typography Should Be Invisible. In order to compliment the text, I used no images or other extraneous elements; I simply used color and type. Justification tables, margins and drop caps were explored. DIN was used as a simple sans serif and a muted yellow was used for its loud yet shy appearances throughout the book.
"There is nothing simple or dull in achieving the transparent page. Vulgar ostentation is twice as easy as discipline. When you realise that ugly typography never effaces itself; you will be able to capture beauty as the wise men capture happiness by aiming at something else. The 'stunt typographer' learns the fickleness of rich men who hate to read. Not for them are long breaths held over serif and kern, they will not appreciate your splitting of hair-spaces. Nobody (save the other craftsmen) will appreciate half your skill. But you may spend endless years of happy experiment in devising that crystalline goblet which is worthy to hold the vintage of the human mind."
Beatrice Ward
Beatrice Warde's essay The Crystal Goblet or Printing Should Be Invisible can be read here.