In this essay on the art of typographyMarlon Ettinger has a specific concern. He wonders about the design of “the lowly page number.”  Fortunately, he addresses his own concern by noting that “far from being a utilitarian afterthought, an astonishing number of design choices go into pagination.” And then he goes on to prove it with an informed history and a number of examples that reinforce his argument. 

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)