Friday, March 9, 2012

Opening Sentence of the Day: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

On 12 June, 2005, a fifty-year-old man stood up in front of a crowd of students at Stanford University and spoke of his campus days as a 'lesser institution' -- Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
-- from the author's Introduction to Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (thanks go to Amused By Books because I won this in her December giveaway.)

The introduction describes Steve Jobs explaining his early fascination with calligraphy, which led to his revolutionary use of multiple fonts in his first Macintosh computer. 

A Few More Pages hosts Book Beginnings every Friday.  The event is open for the entire week.


  1. I'm intrigued by this one! I have a thing for fonts :)

  2. Interesting! Fonts can distract, or annoy, me at any time :-)

  3. This looks really interesting! That is great that you won it(!) My dad used to have a print shop and he explained to me that the sarifs were to keep the stone from cracking when they used to chisel letters. (That's all I know about fonts!)

  4. What a great opening. LOoks good.

  5. A whole book just about fonts??? Sounds cool! Although most of the time, I stick with a few staples... like Times New Roman. (Maybe influenced by too much time at university where profs insist upon that!) Is the whole book about Jobs or is it separate essays about different people?

  6. Definitely an interesting premise for a book..I am guilty of picking up a book that I might consider reading, and putting it back based on the typeface.


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