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Book review: Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

Type faces have been around in the West for more than half a millennium, but probably most readers are unaware of their finer points and only react in a general way to differences, either with pleasure or (more often) dislike, since good fonts are usually unobtrusive. That has changed to some extent since the widespread use of personal computers, with their ability to alter the type one is reading at the press of a key, but even so, it is likely that most of us have only a nodding acquaintance with a few different varieties. This book provides a popular introduction to typography for people with little prior knowledge of the subject. The approach Garfield uses is light historical, with plenty of jokes and anecdotes thrown in. There are ample examples of the different faces and not too much in the way of technical details. [More]

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