Just My Type by Simon Garfield audiobook

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

By Simon Garfield
Read by Gildart Jackson

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200088096

  • ISBN: 9798200088089

  • ISBN: 9798200088102

Runtime: 7.68 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A lively companion to books such as Robert Bringhurst's essential Elements of Typographic Style (1992) and John Lewis's classic Typography: Design and Practice. Kirkus Starred Review
“Highly recommended to all, whether or not you feel predisposed to like this kind of thing! Eye-opening and mind-expanding!” Library Journal (starred review)
“A lively companion to books such as Robert Bringhurst’s essential Elements of Typographic Style (1992) and John Lewis’ classic Typography: Design and Practice." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With wit, grace, and intelligence, Simon Garfield tells the fascinating stories behind the letters that we encounter every day on our street corners, our bookstore shelves, and our computer screens.” Michael Bierut, author of Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design

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Author

Author Bio: Simon Garfield

Author Bio: Simon Garfield

Simon Garfield is the author of twelve acclaimed books of nonfiction, including The Error World: An Affair with Stamps, Mini: The True and Secret History of the Making of a Motor Car, and Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English