Simon Garfield: A man of letters
Simon Garfield's book Just My Type is published on Thursday. It's a well-written, anecdote-filled romp through the highs and lows of fontdom from the writer of The Nation's Favourite all about the Radio 1 of the 1990s.
In a short section at the back, he lists some pertinent websites, including Pentagram's amusing type-casting pop-psychology quiz replete with a Freudian host asking and assessing from a pastiche Zurich design studio.
My type is Courier, apparently. The website tells me Courier was designed for IBM in 1955 and follows the rhythmical insistence and open spacing of a typewriter. In type terms, the font prof describes it as a thoroughly modern everyman.
The book is written for the everyman from the perspective of where type meets life, in a Bill Brysonish sort of way. Still, if a whole book on typography is a bit too much for you, Simon Garfield wrote this taster article published yesterday in the Observer.