Brittney, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Brittney)
As a self-taught graphic designer, I found this book to be a great resource. While it succeeds wonderfully in examining the history and origins of fonts, what impressed me most was just how entertaining Just My Type was - a quality I find some design books lack. I especially loved the chapter on 'worst fonts in the world' - I really hate Papyrus.
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tutu, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by tutu)
Full disclosure: I am one of those people whose pulse races when looking at -- or reading about -- fonts. So this book was a romance and a thriller in one for me. I love reading about the provenance of each font, the teeny, tiny differences, the anecdotes, the flubs. I learned that I like the Bembo font.
I can only imagine the conversations about what type to set the book in (Sabon) and how hard the checkers had to work to make sure each font sample was correct. Yikes!
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by Chip Kidd,
"Whether you're a hardcore typophile or a type-tyro, there's something here for you: be it the eye-opening revelations of Eric Gill's utter and complete perversity, or the creation of the typeface that helped Mr. Obama gain entrance to the White House."
by Lynne Truss,
"There is even a photograph of a quick brown fox literally jumping over a lazy dog. What a clever, clever book."
by Maira Kalman,
"Did I love this book? My daughter's middle name is Bodoni. Enough said."
"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, Partner, Pentagram Design, New York, and author of Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design
by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, author of Encyclopedia of the Exquisite,
"Simon Garfield reveals an invisible world behind the printed word... the lives of the designers and the letters they've created have never been more clearly detailed with so much flair."
An eye-opening adventure deep inside theand#160;everyday materials that surround us,and#160;from concrete and steel to denim and chocolate, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science.
An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally-renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world. In Stuff Matters, Miodownik entertainingly examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his sneakers and the concrete in a nearby skyscraper. He offers a compendium of the most astounding histories and marvelous scientific breakthroughs in the material world, including:
The imprisoned alchemist who saved himself from execution by creating the first European porcelain.
The hidden gem of the Milky Way, a planet five times the size of Earth, made entirely of diamond.
Graphene, the thinnest, strongest, stiffest material in existenceand#8212;only a single atom thickand#8212;that could be used to make entire buildings sensitive to touch.
From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. Full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives, Stuff Matters will make you see stuff in a whole new way.
The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.
Few things are as excitingand#151;and potentially life-changingand#151;as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?
In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary andPotato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create and#147;a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.and#8221;
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