Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – by Simon Garfield

Hello Everyone,

Our book for May is Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, by Simon Garfield.  Enough people expressed interest in this title to skip the poll this time. I am collecting suggestions for our next book so that we will have a poll for our June book.

We will meet for discussion from 12:30 until a bit before 2:00. Afterwards, many of us go out to eat in the neighborhood. Please join us.

Below is what Amazon has to say about  Just My Type.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts – by Simon Garfield

A delightfully inquisitive tour that explores the rich history and the subtle powers of fonts.

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 fonts come from and why do we need so many? Who is behind the businesslike subtlety of Times New Roman, the cool detachment of Arial, or the maddening lightness of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? Simon Garfield embarks on a mission to answer these questions and more, and reveal what may be the very best and worst fonts in the world.

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, Garfield unravels our age old obsession with the way our words look. Just My Type investigates a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seemingly ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and what makes a font look presidential, male or female, American, British, German, or Jewish. From the typeface of Beatlemania to the graphic vision of the Obama campaign, fonts can signal a musical revolution or the rise of an American president. This book is a must-read for the design conscious that will forever change the way you look at the printed word


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  • Kit

    Nice to meet you too!

    May 24

  • Heidi V.

    It was so nice to meet all of you!

    1 · May 24

  • Heidi V.

    It was so nice to meet all of you!

    May 24

  • Wendy

    I'm so sorry I couldn't make it into the city today. I read the book. It was great! I am disappointed that I missed the discussion.

    1 · May 24

  • casey

    Hoping to still make it but getting over a cold and I still haven't gotten my voice back.

    May 23

  • Lisa

    Had to change my rsvp to 'no' this time around, but I hope to join in next time.

    May 23

  • John

    Hi all, One of my paintings is in the Salmagundi Master's exhibition for those who expressed interest. Reception May 16 at 6 pm. Show only runs until May 22. J

    2 · May 15

  • Kit

    Thanks, John.

    May 5

  • John

    Morgan Library exhibition: Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book through May 11, 2014 Free after 6 pm on Friday. Or online at http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?id=91
    This exhibit shows artists mentioned in Just My Type. Of interest to see type in original layouts.

    1 · May 4

  • Wendy

    Sounds great!

    April 27

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