Simon Garfield is the author of twelve acclaimed books of nonfiction. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall, and currently has a soft spot for Requiem Fine Roman and HT Galeria.
"This is a smart, funny, accessible book that does for typography what Lynne Truss's best-selling Eats, Shoots & Leaves did for punctuation: made it noticeable for people who had no idea they were interested in such things." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Whether you're a graphic designer or a layperson with no
background in this area, reading what Garfield has to say will
change the way you perceive the written word forever."
-- The Los Angeles Times "A deliriously clever and entertaining book"
-- The Boston Globe "Informative, delightful -- and essential reading for word geeks everywhere."
-- The Seattle Times "Lively [...] intriguing [...] a cheeky book about the human side and our reaction to fonts."
-- Seattle Post Intelligencer "Highly entertaining ... Garfield takes readers on a rollicking tour of the world of typography, from book jackets to road signs, TV shows to computers."
-- USA Today "Reading Simon Garfield's Just My Type can transform your daily life into an endless quest for knowledge of the typefaces in which signs, books, magazines, newspapers, etc. are set."
-- Washington Post "Garfield's romping history (with multitype text) is zestfully informative."
-- Booklist "Funny and fascinating, irreverent and playful yet endlessly illuminating, the book is an absolute treat for the type-nerd, design history geek, and general lover of intelligent writing with humor."
-- The Atlantic "A thoroughly entertaining, well-informed tour of typefaces"
-- Kirkus "Garfield has a light touch and moves effortlessly among various aspects of typography past and present [...] Highly recommended to all, whether or not you feel predisposed to like this kind of thing! Eye-opening and mind-expanding!"
-- Library Journal A "lively romp through the history of fonts. Garfield's evocative prose [...] entices us to see letters instead of just reading them."