1 August, 2011
Reading a great book at the moment, a lively history of fonts, if that’s not oxymoronic. Simon Garfield is a stylish story-teller, finding fascination in Tube signs, Batman comics and Johannes Gutenberg. He tells you how Comic Sans helps kids with dyslexia and why Steve Jobs has a soft spot for Chicago (the font). Thanks to Just My Type, I’ve even learnt that the dot above a lower-case i is a tittle, while the dual hollows of a Times Roman g are called counters.
Something to bear in mind as you stare at this week’s Times clues, in Helvetica I believe, slowly filling the grids in your own handscript. Perhaps in Braggodoccio bold. No direct spoilers in the Comments please, though a few oblique hints to the laggards will always be appreciated. Together we’ll crack the week’s sixpack, as that’s the types we are."