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Simon Garfield – Just My Type (2010)

Now, almost everything we need is to be found beneath an LED or plasma screen. The tension of graphite or nib, or the fragile pleasure to be derived from running a forefinger across the opening page of a well-printed book, is fast becoming heritage. But typefaces — both their preponderance and ingenuity — have not suffered a similar decline in fortunes. Quite the opposite…

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Simon Garfield – Just My Type (2010)

[The Caslon ampersand] is fiendishly difficult to draw, and when done badly may resemble aimless scribble. But when done well, it can be a work of wild freehand art that few regular characters are allowed to be. It can bestow aristocratic virtue to a font, and it can cause the writer about fonts a considerable struggle to contain the purple prose.