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 a book about one of my favortie fifteenth-century typographers, Erhard Ratdolt. For now you can read my article in the first issue of Codex magazine [PDF].
I can’t explain it; I just like looking at type. I just get a total kick out of it. Other people look at bottles of wine or whatever, or, you know, girls’ bottoms. I just get kicks out of looking at type. It’s a little worrying, I must admit. — Erik Spiekermann
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 just ask. If you have questions concerning the meaning of life, quantum mechanics or string theory, then I suggest you Google it.