Last weekend I was having an idle time, away for a joint family birthday.
I took a moment to look around the room.
In my bag was very new kindle with its covetable green leather cover.
Meanwhile, on my lap, was a just-opened present: a 3D real-world copy of “Just My Type” by Simon Garfield, a book about the design history of fonts. I have always loved the subject and heard the book being read on BBCR4 back in December.
The two things seemed almost opposites, in their way.
One artefact – the kindle - uses a fits-all-genres font, apart from variations in size. The standard page layout makes no attempt at beauty, beyond the words in the reader’s mind - and sometimes that can be or should be enough. The kindle doesn’t attract or distract me with presentation skills What it offers is portability and choice, no matter how far away I am from the book hills of home.
Meanwhile, the "Just My Type" book explains how fonts and layouts can be purposeful, sympathetic, arresting, calming, historic, modern, dominating, overwhelming and more.
Fonts even give away too much about personal choice, or so he suggests, according to the blurb.
The pages inside this partiular book offer b&w photographs and old engraved images and font samples and there are wide satisfying borders and hea Add a Comment