I've been spending a little too much money of late, and these two new additions to my book collection haven't helped matters.
First up is Marian Bantjes beautiful hardback 'I Wonder'. It's simply the nicest piece of print i've ever held! I blogged about it here a few months back now and having been released last month i've finally managed to pick up a copy for myself.
'Just My Type' by Simon Garfield is a book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook, or Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi. About the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers … and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about.
This was also released last month, and although not as drool worthy as 'I Wonder' the cover is still really nicely designed and it's been a great read so far. Both are available on the cheap at amazon......