Just My Type by Simon Garfield is one of those books that deserves to be found on the same shelf as The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst and Make it Bigger by Paula Scher. Just My Type goes into great technical detail while at the same time flexes personal stories about typography. A sure sign of a favourite book of mine is to highlight lines upon lines of things worth noting. The catch was that if this book had been a hard copy I’m not sure if I would have wanted to mark it up.
Garfield goes into great detail to keep thing contemporary by fitting websites and current events when appropriate. Apparently I’ve been out of the loop for quite a while in regards to Typophile and Gill but it made for interesting reading in the book. I liked how the format went from issues to fontbreaks where quick bursts about fonts where mentioned. If anyone wants to consider a strategy about retaining rights to what they’ve created, Doves is a good place to start.
Most design books are kind of niche. Their audience is already set up just by the fact that they will want to read something new that is relevant today as tomorrow. Just My Type fits into that category easily but I also would buy this book for readers outside of the normal type geeks. The stories captured reflect a drive that anyone could be inspired by, or perhaps question their sanity in equal lengths.