“reallly, really fun -- and eye opening too”Timothy B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have been reading this for months. In between and all around I have probably consumed nearly thirty other books, but I was bound and determined to finish it - mostly because I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.
There are so many things in our daily lives that we give no thought to, and fonts are pretty high on the list. I had no idea how difficult these essentials were to create. The artistry that continues to be required, despite the onset of the digital age is astounding. The history makes for fascinating reading, and the personalities that emerge along the way provide opportunity for a wide range of response.
The graphics included and the font breaks highlighting some of those fonts we know and love (or hate) so well kept me going to the last page. A highly recommended read, and something that can easily be perused while engaged in other reading pursuits. ”
“"Just My Type" is an informative and humorous look at type. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the development of type. Simon Garfield has compiled stories behind the fonts we use every day, and shares them with a delightfully quirky narration.”JuliaK wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting little volume about the history of typography (much more interesting than it sounds) and how the appearance of printed words shape our lives. Liberally sprinkled with pop culture references (including 1960s TV show title cards, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse CD covers, Victorian-era broadsheets, comic strips and corporate logos) and text examples. There's even a link to a YouTube video that actually SHOWS the proverbial quick brown fox jumping over the lazy dog! (And P.S., "Papyrus" is NOT one of the "worst fonts ever" - I think it's really pretty! So there!)”Donna-Jo Webster wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The engineer in me sees all differing type as a wonderful expression of making steel and wood do the typesetter's bidding -- nothing different from an architect or builder, just a different medium. A light read -- two nights at most.”Big Ol' Bee wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book - no, not a business or HR book but a fascinating look into fonts and types that we use (without much thought) every day. Worth the time to read!”DJ Allenby wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“wonderful informative book on the growing development, history and ambiance of diverse fonts”Alstondl wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lovely history of the different type and fonts and where they came from and who created them. Humorous and engaging. I'm looking at type in a completely different light now.”Jess wrote this review Friday, February 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"In 1968 the influential graphic design review The Penrose Annual asked exactly the same things: 'Arent' we done yet? Why do we need all these new fonts such as...Helvetica?' The answer, than and now, is the same. Because the world and its contents are continually changing. We need to express ourselves in new ways." "Typography truly reflects the whole of human life, and it changes with each generation. It may well be the most direct visual representation of the tone of voice with which we express the spirit of the time." ”Katie Douglass wrote this review Tuesday, January 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bought Just My Type in Chicago, because the WSJ recommended it (quote): a surprisingly entertaining look at typography and the hundreds of fonts that can, and do, speak volumes. I did read the book on my way back to Kalamazoo in one go . . .”Stephan Saaltink wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No