- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (22 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846683025
- ISBN-13: 978-1846683022
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts Paperback – 22 Sep 2011
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Brilliant ... whether you're a graphics geek or have never given a second thought to what you're reading, don't miss this quirky, fact-filled font fest. (Lauren Laverne Grazia 2010-10-25)
Reading this book may just change your life; it'll certainly make you smile. If nothing else, it'll make you appreciate the beauty - and sometimes the horror - that is all around you. (Time Out)
A celebration of our way with words (Observer 2010-10-17)
Light-hearted but comprehensive, from rather odious typefaces, such as the hairy Grassy, to the ubiquitous Helvetica, each font is given a rundown. Garfield says he's unable to walk past a sign until he has identified the typeface. Now, neither can we. (Monocle 2010-10-01)
Garfield convinces us it's okay to actually like typography. What shines about this book is its accessibility; you don't have to be a typeface historian or a designer to find it enthralling ... It's fascinating to read about the history, origins and revolutions of typefaces, and this book strikes a great balance between fact and humour. Garfield's book isn't snobbish or elitist, and this is its most refreshing quality - it's for everyone to enjoy and share ... reading this book may just change your life; it'll certainly make you smile. If nothing else, it'll make you appreciate the beauty - and sometimes the horror - that is all around you. (Nick Booth Time Out 2010-11-11)
Hugely entertaining ... a lively history ... my considerable enjoyment of this book may have been enhanced by the fact that I've always been very interested in print design. But even those who have never considered the beauty of the Baskerville Q ... should find themselves being drawn in by Garfield's enthusiasm and wit (Anna Carey Sunday Business Post 2010-10-17)
A quirky introduction to fonts ... Simon Garfield is careful to tickle as much as he teaches ... Just My Type is fun. If you have ever looked at the drop-down menu in Word and wondered what a Garamond is, or what's meant to be new about Times New Roman, Garfield will be just your type. (Peter Robins Daily Telegraph 2010-10-16)
Dozens of compelling anecdotes are clearly told by Simon Garfield in this eye-opening book, which is utterly convincing in its central idea - that we are surrounded by fonts and influenced by their subtle message ... a delightful, brain-expanding book. (Harry Mount Mail on Sunday 2010-10-24)
Garfield's great strength is his storytelling. His book comprises dozens of lovely vignettes, anecdotes that make a potentially dusty subject utterly compelling ... he shows as judicious a sense of imagery as he has of more technical description ... a fine primer (Archie Bland Independent on Sunday 2010-10-31)
A lively history of fonts, from the first moveable letters used by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1440s to the latest cutting edge typefaces ... lavishly and imaginatively illustrated ... a joy to look at as well as to read ... encapsulates the romance and magical possibilities of type. (Anna Carey Sunday Business Post 2010-10-17)
Chatty, anecdotal ... illuminates even a walk to the shops (Sunday Times 2010-11-07)
Superb ... it is a fascinating and funny book that delves into the history and oddities of typefaces throughout the ages ... it's full of weird and wonderful stories. (Doug Johnstone Big Issue 2010-11-01)
A gift for aesthetes and arty types ... funny and fascinating (Bea Hodgkin Easy Living 2010-12-01)
Just My Type is a font fanatic's dream (Alison Flood Wired Magazine 2010-11-01)
Garfield is extremely knowledgeable about type history while ignoring the politics and egos ... the tone is often funny and always entertaining ... thoroughly enjoyable. (Steven Heller Financial Times 2010-11-06)
A delight from start to end (The Age, Australia 2010-11-06)
A whistle-stop tour of fonts ... Garfield's book will open your eyes to the array of typefaces that demand our attention every day. (Emma Hagestadt Lady 2010-11-09)
Punchy and entertaining overview of typography ... Garfield's intriguing book can send you online to look more deeply, typographically speaking into the character issue. (Liam Stebbing Irish Times 2010-11-13)
Garfield has a track record of making odd subjects fascinating ... a weirdly addictive book. (Saga 2010-11-01)
Engrossing ... I've long been a fan of Garfield's popular touch, but he also writes knowledgeably about the minutiae of printing and layout. The book is attractive too ... for this book's many pleasures he should, at least, have a typeface named after him. (Nick Curtis Evening Standard 2010-11-18)
The most interesting and entertaining parts of the book are the glimpses into the strange internet world of type fanaticism. (Sebastian Carter TLS 2010-11-19)
Equipped with both knowledge and a nimble way with words, Garfield is an entertaining and congenial guide to this ubiquitous but little-known world. (Jeremy Lewis Literary Review 2010-11-01)
A quirky and informative study of fonts (Anthony Horowitz Sunday Telegraph 2010-11-28)
Bouncy, well-informed and wittily designed ... an engaging book. (Jonathan Glancey Guardian 2010-12-04)
There's a ton of fascinating stuff you never knew about fonts and thankfully Simon Garfield has stuck practically all of it in this friendly and informative book about the subject ... packed with nuggets that are way more relevant to your cool young life than you might realise ... riveting, and truly educational stuff. (Stuart Hammond Dazed and Confused 2010-12-01)
Amusing and informative ... Just My Type is an immensely refreshing offering from an author who is fascinated by his subject. Conveying the richness and the personality of typefaces with love and passion, this is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the world of lettering. (Patrick Myles Blueprint 2010-12-01)
Delightful ... Just My Type is the kind of book that makes you look at the world differently, indeed, it can induce a mild obsessive compulsive disorder ... like a master sommelier, Garfield has a wonderful capacity to convery the little hints and barely registered associations which different fonts impart ... an ingenious book. (Stuart Kelly Scotsman 2010-12-04)
Accessible, informative and often amusing... Copiously illustrated, it's a painless way to develop an appreciation for the subject. (Alastair Mabbott Herald 2011-09-10)
This is a smart, funny, accessible book that does for typography what Lynne Truss's best-selling Eats, Shoots & Leaves did for punctuation: made it noticeable for people who had no idea they were interested in such things. (New York Times)
[A] lively romp through the history of fonts. Garfield's evocative prose entices us to see letters instead of just reading them (Publishers Weekly)
Highly recommended to all, whether or not you feel predisposed to like this kind of thing! Eye-opening and mind-expanding! (Library Journal)
Deliriously clever and entertaining. (Boston Globe)
A witty and illuminating history of typography... As a writer who succeeds in re-interpreting arcane design-speak for a wider audience, Garfield is at his best when investigating the personal histories of designers... It is a book that opens our eyes afresh to the jostling array of "armour-plated" "balletic" "nuzzling" typefaces that demand our attention and appreciation... An unexpectedly engrossing read, this is a book that threatens to make font wonks of all of us. (Emma Hagestadt Independent 2011-09-23)
Entertaining feast of fonts for graphic geeks and a humorous insight into the fonts dominating print today. (Times 2011-09-24)
Every so often someone writes a book about an obscure subject and uses it to illuminate the rest of the world... this is one of the best. (William Leith Evening Standard 2011-09-29)
After being walked through these stories, it's difficult to even look at a cereal packet in the same way again... This book won't just turn readers into avid font-spotters; it will also nudge them towards admiring the beauty of a single letter or a well-drawn ampersand. Garfield's... clear, lyrical prose is infectious, and sometimes as though the letters themselves were living things. (Jessica Holland Observer 2011-10-02)
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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.
From the elegant and practical Sabon (first produced for easy typesetting), via the downright criminal Gill Sans (wanted for incest and zoophilia), to the now infamous Comic Sans (wanted for crimes against taste), most of the fonts we use today are touched upon, and a few less well known ones too.
Sadly the fonts we use every day to dress our thoughts often pass unnoticed, and the creators unrewarded - Just my Type lets us know why fonts are so important, and what your choice of font says about the words you have writtten before they have even been read.
There's no neat chronology here, and little to surprise a close student of typography, but as a layperson's introduction to the surprisingly passionate world of typography this book couldn't do better.
I would not like to read pages set in any of the fonts in one of Garfield's last chapters, "The Worst Fonts in the World." On the list is Papyrus, which caused a stir when it was used extensively in the film _Avatar_. The expensive film used a free (and overused) display font, and font fans noticed.Read more ›
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I've spent my working life in signage, this makes for interesting reading if you're interested in the letters you read on the pages and screensPublished 2 months ago by Al_Mc72
I love this book - really engaging and readable. This is the fourth or fifth copy I've bought to give as a present.Published 7 months ago by silverpencil
A fantastic read, couldn't be more happier and also bought another copy for a friend and she loved itPublished 9 months ago by Daniel Smith