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Simon Garfield: A man of letters

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Will Gompertz | 09:54 UK time, Monday, 18 October 2010

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.

Courier typeface


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.


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