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Just My Type by Simon Garfield
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Feb 03, 12

Read from September 28, 2011 to February 03, 2012

Just think - Garfield reminds us - before the personal computer most people knew next to nothing about typeface. But once we were given the opportunity to use it, we took off and often overdid it, used the same typeface for everything (comic sans), or used multiple typefaces on a page rather than bothering with expressive language. But that was part of the learning process and most of us settled in to a few reliable typefaces, which we call fonts. That's another thing I like about this author. He tells us the history and distinctions between typeface and font then says don't worry about it: use typeface and font interchangeably because after all "...there are worse sins."

(Bodoni is the typeface and Bold is the font.)

The difference between legible and readable?
Recommended as a charming and sometimes humorous treatment of typeface history.
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