Just My Type – A Book About Fonts

A few months ago, I was walking past my boss’s office and noticed Just My Type laying on his desk. I asked him what it was about and if it was any good, and he said it was fantastic. He usually gets all of his books from the library, so when he said that he was going to be buying this one, I knew it had to be something special. I am a total font nerd, so I ordered a copy that afternoon and thanks to Amazon Prime had it the very next day! Simon Garfield, wrote an enthralling book that all type aficionados will appreciate, beginning in the early days of Johannes Gutenberg and ending with some digital font fun.

In this book, you will learn some pretty fascinating things about fonts and type founders that you might have never wondered about. For example, Eric Gill (creator of Gill Sans) was quite an interesting character in his personal life—with some very intriguing pastimes. The font Helvetica was originally named Neue Haas Grotesk, and was renamed Helvetica (a modified form of Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland—where the font was invented) for a wider appeal and has since taken over the world. But I don’t want to give too much away, so make sure to pick up your copy!

If for some reason you decide to skip on the book (but don’t) and you are a Helvetica fan, then you should definitely read about Cyrus Highsmith, a New Yorker who decided to go a day without Helvetica. As a type designer, he knew it would be a challenge, but what happened on his adventure even took him by surprise. Co.Design posted an excerpt from the book, which talks about his experience (starts on paragraph three)—check it out here.

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14. March 2012 by Svetlana Bilenkina
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