10 June 2011

Review: Just My Type, A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield

Just My Type, A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield book cover
This non-fiction delight is for all the nerds, stationery lovers, trivia fiends and those who just love absorbing minutiae.

Just as the title declares, Just My Type is a book all about fonts. Author Simon Garfield has successfully made the world of fonts and typefaces quite fascinating and I've begun looking at font in all mediums of print and advertising in an entirely new light; and of course trying to identify the different types.

The book briefly explains the printing press, the technology of carving individual letters from different materials and the advances in technology since then. I found it fascinating to read about the creation of particular fonts, and learning some fonts took years to complete was a real eye-opener.

Garfield also explains why some fonts are difficult to read, how some fonts rose to fame, which fonts are currently dominating the world of print and why.

When Garfield described the differences in the letter 'g' or the humble '&' in different fonts, I was engrossed. There were also plenty of snippets of trivia to maintain interest. If you're the sort of person who enjoyed the 2007 documentary entitled Helvetica, then Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is definitely the book for you!

My rating = ****

Carpe Librum!

P.S. After sending an email to the author telling him how much I enjoyed his book, he responded with the following:

Thanks a lot Tracey - that's very kind.
Best wishes,

Great stuff!

Would you like to comment?

  1. ANOTHER book I want to read!

    Here's two sites for you:

    http://www.pentagram.com/what-type-are-you/ - What font are you?

    And is it a cheese or a font? http://cheeseorfont.mogrify.org/

  2. Always happy to add to your pile, he he he. I loved the cheese or font game!!! I think I did slightly better having just read this book though.

  3. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog


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