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Just My Type by Simon Garfield
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Nov 27, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: library-book
Read in November, 2011

I saw a copy of The Doves typeface via NPR and was excited to read Just My Type. I expected it would be like Alphabet: The History, Evolution, and Design of the Letters We Use Today. Alas, I was disappointed.

I wish Just My Type was more about the typefaces and less about their creators. I want to know what went into the typefaces' designs, I don't need to know about the designers' sex-lives.

I wish the book had been a little more linear in its history, as it seemed to jump around -- this made it hard to follow the development of the typefaces.

It was too bad that the examples of type face given were in black and white -- the sample that had originally excited me was in color. It's ironic that the web provided a better example of good typeface design than a printed book.


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