“Font piracy” is also discussed, which is something I never realized was an issue. Owners of fonts do make money from licensing, but as Garfield notes: “… if your font is any good, it gets copied.” And one of my favorite fonts, Arial, is deemed to be one of the biggest copies of them all – created by Microsoft as an alternative to Helvetica to save money on the licensing fees. The differences in the two fonts are there but subtle but I suppose one could be mistaken for the other and that it must matter to some people.
Included throughout the book are “fontbreaks”, highlighting certain fonts and their creation and popular use, and some (to me) incredibly insightful nuggets of information about symbols – I never knew that the ampersand (&) is a combination of the letters “e” and “t” (Latin for “et”, which in modern French is the word for “and”). There is also a chapter devoted to the worst fonts in the world, which I’m sure in font-geek circles causes no end of heated discussion.
Given my natural curiosity of seemingly-trivial topics, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now find myself trying to guess the fonts on signs, posters, and other printed matter I encounter during my day.
Be sure to check out the other stops on Just My Type’s TLC Blog Tour:
Monday, August 15th: Melody & Words
Tuesday, August 16th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, August 17th: Chaotic Compendiums
Thursday, August 18th: Books Like Breathing
Monday, August 22nd: A Home Between Pages
Tuesday, August 23rd: Steph and Tony Investigate
Wednesday, August 24th: 1330V
Thursday, August 25th: 2 Kids and Tired
Friday, August 26th: Amused by Books
Monday, August 29th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, August 31st: Simply Stacie
Thursday, September 1st: BookNAround
Tuesday, September 6th: Bibliosue
Wednesday, September 7th: Man of La Book
Thursday, September 8th: My Book Retreat
Monday, September 12th: Lit and Life
Wednesday, September 14th: In the Pages