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A hugely entertaining and revealing guide to the history of type that asks, “What does your favorite font say about you?”

Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do they come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

Typefaces are now 560 years old, but we barely knew their names until about twenty years ago when the pull-down font menus on our first computers made us all the gods of type. Beginning in the early days of Gutenberg and ending with the most adventurous digital fonts, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the “T” in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House.

A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type’s cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott’s Original Miscellany.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly recommended to all, whether or not you feel predisposed to like this kind of thing! Eye-opening and mind-expanding!”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A lively companion to books such as Robert Bringhurst’s essential Elements of Typographic Style (1992) and John Lewis’ classic Typography: Design and Practice."

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With wit, grace, and intelligence, Simon Garfield tells the fascinating stories behind the letters that we encounter every day on our street corners, our bookstore shelves, and our computer screens.”

    Michael Bierut, author of Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nell | 11/1/2011

    " I wish I had the kind of head that would let me retain more than I probably will of this engaging review of typefonts. Still, I did learn a few things. Breezy style balances technical material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 10/20/2011

    " Pretty interesting. The beginning and ending chapters were the best - it got a little dry in the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mimy | 10/19/2011

    " A very interesting book although it gets kind of slow and bogged down in historical detail at some points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristin | 10/18/2011

    " I just skimmed it, it was interesting to read the background of fonts. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of twelve acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The Error World: An Affair with Stamps, Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car, and Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.