Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

We all have a type, be it Helvetica, Arial or Times New Roman. Some people care about fonts more than others however, and we hear how some typefaces are literally fighting words. Also, at the very end of our program, The Voice connects the day that symbolically marks the 7 billionth birth with our Zombie talk on Hallowe'en.



Part Three of The Current

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts - Simon Garfield

If you tried to carve a message into your jack-o-lantern this year, you know the pumpkin font. Triangular "o's" , unrecognizable "k's" but very nice "v's ". It's as close as many of us will get to creating a typeface. But a few think about little else.

We aired a a clip from a documentary film called Helvetica... all about the particularily ubiquitous typeface. The font on the New York subway is one example.

Most people likely became aware of the power of fonts when they played with the different choices on their computer. Your first few messages probably looked like ransom notes, and then perhaps you became aware the font itself can give a message deeper meaning.

Our next guest hopes we all start thinking a bit more about the fonts we use. Simon Garfield has written a whole book about fonts it's called: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts. And he was in our studio in London, England.

Our next guest hopes we all start thinking a bit more about the fonts we use. Simon Garfield has written a whole book about fonts it's called: Just My Type: A Book about Fonts. And he was in our studio in London, England.

And Holly and Dave Combs are behind a campaign to ban the font Comic Sans.
They were in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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