Friday, January 6, 2012

January: what I'm reading, have read

I'm trying to finish "Just My Type" by Simon Garfield. Unless you're in the graphic design field, or font-obsessed, this will be TMI about typefaces and their histories.

But this book has reminded me of my own BFA studies in this area - too long ago! I didn't have to look up any of the terminology, so I guess the larning stuck!

My takeaway? Steve Jobs and Apple and its designers - of fonts, too! - changed the dry type selection of the PC world by introducing a choice of new typefaces. But, like weaponry and prescription drugs, these can be used for evil or good.

Tell me what your favorite typeface is - and why - and I'll tell you mine.

I'm exaggerating! Lets just say they can be used well or poorly.

I'm reading "Blood, Bones & Butter" by Gabrielle Hamilton. Rather, I'm wading through the Bathos, Blather & Blithe skipping over transitions so that you wonder how she got from point A to point B. I'm not sure I'll finish it. There has to be some good food talk, cooking and eating coming up, or I'

And I rarely do give up on a book. Can all those celebuChefs - Batali, Bourdain, et al - be wrong in their gushing praise/hype?

Maybe. Stay tuned.

Tell me what you're reading!


  1. COMIC SANS is my favorite font. LOVE it.

  2. Taryterre, the first chapter discusses Comic sans and why it should be banned!

    My favorite is Palatino - a graceful Italianate serif typeface.