Simon Rockman

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Tabloid Girl by Sharon Marshall
Tabloid Girl by Sharon Marshall
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cautious with the truth, 27 July 2011
I knew Sharon before she was the tabloid girl she became.

It's a period of her life that she's tippexed out giving the impression that she went straight from local papers to Fleet Street, she's also airbrushed her looks, perhaps through paranoia. She was, in the lingo of the book, "a stunner". Not the frump you'd think from reading this. Perhaps she spent too much time around showbiz types.

She's always written well. Very well, this book is an ideal holiday read, light, entertaining and something you'll zip through by the pool. There are fantastic turns of phrase and excellent character descriptions. She treads lightly on details of who, what, why and when, although… Read more
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is a book about typefaces. It's fantastic, explaining the evolution and power of type. It understands the effect of computers, the Mac and DTP but misses the equally significant effect of photosetting and the ability to do "close not touching".

The biggest mistake however is mine. I bought it on the Kindle and while I love my Kindle I've always had a problem with the books on the Kindle being set in the Kindle typeface not that chosen by the author and this book goes to counterpoint just how limiting that is.

It's often about as useful as a radio programme on typefaces. There is a proportion of the information there but it is missing the beauty. I gave up in… Read more
Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Per&hellip by Gordon Laing
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet memories, 19 Oct 2004
Computers got a bit boring after 1990. By then Intel and Microsoft were dictating the future, new versions of windows, faster versions of the same chips.
This is a book set before that time. The pioneer days of computers when 'Gates' was a word prefixed with the word 'Logic' and not 'Bill'. When programmers knew what a clock cycle was and could wield a soldering iron.
Gordon Laing tracked down the creators of the computers that stretched imaginations and upon which a whole new industry was born. In some ways this book is the credits list for that age, so if names like Jay Miner, Adam Osborne, Steve Furber or Shiraz Shivji don't mean anything to you they should and you should get… Read more

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