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Just My Type - A Book About Fonts

Simon Garfield

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Description:

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 they come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)? 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, Simon Garfield explores the rich history and subtle powers of type. He goes on to investigate a range of modern mysteries, including how Helvetica took over the world, what inspires the seeming ubiquitous use of Trajan on bad movie posters, and exactly why the all-type cover of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was so effective. It also examines why the "T" in the Beatles logo is longer than the other letters and how Gotham helped Barack Obama into the White House. A must-have book for the design conscious, Just My Type's cheeky irreverence will also charm everyone who loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Schott's Original Miscellany.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gildart Jackson

Length:

7h 42m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

24:08


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:24