Typography is all around us – there’s no escaping it (why would you even want to escape it?)! Typography is an integral part of the internet, and this blog post that you’re reading right now. Can you imagine a world without type? I shudder to even think of that!
I’ve loved typography since I was about 7 years old and discovered the art of calligraphy. I immediately fell in love with all the amazing shapes and styles that letterforms could take. I can still remember my first fountain pen and practicing the lettering styles by hand…
I haven’t really practiced calligraphy or hand-lettering since I was a boy – although there was one certificate project I did for a private school back in the early years of the 21st century. But, I’ve never lost the sense of awe or wonderment I feel while poring through type catalogues or online type foundries. I’ve always been a bit (OK… more than a bit!) envious of typographers – I’ve always secretly wanted to be one myself. Alas, that ship has probably sailed for me.
To this day, one of my favourite road games to play, even if I’m by myself, is “Name That Typeface”. It’s a game that (I think) I made up, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that plays it. The rules are simple – whenever you go out for a walk or a drive, you observe all the signs, posters, adverts and anything that uses typography… and see how many typefaces you can name. Simple. Or is it?!? Try it next time you go out!