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5.0 out of 5 stars Fontastic, 3 Nov 2010
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I read a gushing review of this in the DT and was immediately transported back to the late 1970s (1979 I think) when a uni friend of mine gave me his old (c1977-1978) Letraset catalogue (I think I still have it somewhere). I was rather taken aback and impressed by all the different typefaces and even tried to reproduce by hand some Old English names and signs with a Rotring pen (remember those?). Fast forward a few years and there I am doing my final year project surgically removing the lower line of the 'E' because I had run out of 'F's for 'Figure'. So I thought this book would be the sort of minutiae type anal retentive stuff I enjoy reading - and it is!

It could have been such a boring book just talking about some of the more famous 100,000+ typefaces that exist but it isn't - it's a masterpiece. I can't believe that someone could research and write such an excellent book on something that ostensibly is insignificant, and it is only when you read the book the lightbulb comes on and you think how important typefaces, fonts and printing is in your life. This is even truer with the advent of the digital age, as we can easily compare typefaces and fonts on a PC - which is a lot of fun!

I didn't realise (I suppose I should have) just how much effort goes into designing a typeface and the fonts and in a way this book salutes that with its clever (though perhaps obvious) use of the typefaces all the way through - it must have been a nightmare to proof read.

I now know that the delicious typeface on the London Underground is Johnstone Sans and that one of the designers had some very odd sexual leanings!

Also I did find a couple of potential minor errors in the book and wrote to the author who was kind enough to reply - what a good egg (and we agreed that they were minor!).

If you like this type (b'dum tschh) of thing then I can't recommend this book highly enough - it's a real gem.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2010 13:14:52 GMT
B.H says:
Fantastic review, Rob.
Received this today and have been looking forward to reading it for a while.
Fonts plus trivia....mmmmmm!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2011 19:11:39 GMT
Rob Sawyer says:
Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for your kind comments!

Posted on 9 Jan 2012 15:22:40 GMT
MJ Willis says:
The typeface used on the London Underground is New Johnson

Posted on 11 Jan 2012 12:51:22 GMT
I'll venture to over-embroider this celebration of geekiness by elaborating that the original Underground font was Johnston Sans (no 'e' at the end of 'Johnston') and that the updated version is New Johnston (not 'New Johnson', as commenter MJ Willis types, perhaps due to some subconscious Freudian issue as to which we can only speculate). Or perhaps I only made that association due to subconscious Freudian issues of my own...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 10:50:54 GMT
Rob Sawyer says:
That made me laugh!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2012 07:34:34 BDT
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