I love Typography (ILT) was born on August 7, 2007. It exists because I have a passion for typography, type design, and lettering, and for the words born of those disciplines. As a child I wondered why the teacher asked us to draw the letter a as an o with a tail, when, in my books, the a’s had an extra bit at the top. This site aims to make the subject more accessible, to bring the study of typography to the masses, if you will. It’s just about impossible to imagine a world without type, but at the same time type’s ubiquity has most of us taking it for granted. So take a closer look. Where do our letters originate? Why do they look the way they do? And what makes for good type and typography?
Who are you?
I’m a British-born writer and publisher living in
Japan Vietnam. Why Japan? Vietnam? Not sure really, but I like it here. Right now, I’m pretty busy writing two books: one about my favorite fifteenth-century printer-typographer, Erhard Ratdolt; another about Typographic Firsts.
I recently redesigned this site, and you can read more about that here.
I have intentionally omitted my entire life history. However, if you have a predilection for the soporific, and you’d like to know more about me, then email me at johno at this domain. If you have questions concerning the meaning of life, quantum mechanics or string theory, then I suggest you Google it.