Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

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Profile Books, Oct 21, 2010 - Reference - 352 pages
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Just My Type is not just a font book, but a book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook, or Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi. About the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers ... and typefaces became something we realised we all have an opinion about.As the Sunday Times review put it, the book is 'a kind of Eats, Shoots and Leaves for letters, revealing the extent to which fonts are not only shaped by but also define the world in which we live.'This edition is available with both black and silver covers.
  

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This cleverly imagined and researched book is for us. - Goodreads
That font and logo was just a hot mess. - Goodreads
I also enjoyed the layout of the book itself. - Goodreads
A sexual deviant font designer. - Goodreads
The font is chosen with that in mind. - Goodreads

Review: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

User Review  - Roberta - Goodreads

I feel like a huge nerd for liking this book as much as I did, but hey, I probably wouldn't be doing this blog if I wasn't one already. Basically, this book breaks down rather nicely the history of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sweaterstories - Goodreads

I found this book while deliberately seeking out a basic, non-graphic design-oriented book about fonts, and this suited my purposes marvelously! Simon Garfield writes engagingly and wittily about the ... Read full review

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Contents

Love
We dontserveyour
Capital Offence
The Hands of Unlettered
Tunnel Visions
Gotham isGo
The Clamour from the Past
Breaking the Rules The Interrobang
The Worst Fonts in the World

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About the author (2010)

Simon Garfield is the author of twelve acclaimed books of non-fiction including Mauve, The Error World and The Nation's Favourite. His edited diaries from the Mass Observation Archive - Our Hidden Lives, We Are At War and Private Battles - were bestsellers, and his study of Aids in Britain, The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. He lives in London and St Ives, Cornwall.

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