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Book of the Week, Just My Type Episode 1 of 5

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 05 December 2011

"Just My Type" - a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt

From type on the high street and book covers, to the print in our homes and offices, our world is surrounded by and spelt out by fonts. Little do we realise how our everyday choices are subtly informed and manipulated by these miniature works of art. Simon Garfield explores the history of the font and the people who brought them into being.

This week we begin to tell the story of the creation of the font - and start with a stark warning concerning the terrible reputation of the much derided 'comic sans'. What started out as a thrilling new concept quickly turned into a a rather bizarre hate campaign.

Producer: Clive Brill
A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Ban Comic Sans

    Ban Comic Sans

    The bunny gets it – hard-hitting propaganda from the Ban Comic Sans website.

    All images are from Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (Profile Books

  • Watchmen


    Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen – a dark inspiration for Comic Sans.

    All images are from Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield(Profile Books).

  • Comic Sans

    Comic Sans

    Comic Sans in all its childlike glory.

    All images are from Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield(Profile Books)


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