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What’s it all about?

I love Typography (ILT) is not run by a secretive international conglomerate. It’s just me. I started the site way back in 2007. I guess I don’t really need to tell you that it’s a blog about typography and type history, and all the things in between — from printmaking to book history, and sometimes even calligraphy.

It’s just about impossible to imagine a world without type, but at the same time its ubiquity means that most of us take it for granted.

So why not take a closer look: learn where our letters originated, read about the history of typography, The Last Word on Helvetica; or, if you’re in a hurry, you might enjoy my new series called 5-Minute Books. Or if you’d like something longer, then take a look at these feature articles.

Who are you?

I’m a British- / European-born writer now living in Japan Saigon.



If you love typography, then I think you’ll enjoy my new book, Typographic Firsts: Adventures in Early Printing, published by Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. There’s a nice review of it here. You can buy it directly from Bodleian Publishing in the UK, from The University of Chicago Press, or on Amazon. It’s also available in German as Die Erfindung des Buchs.

What next?

I’m now working on two other books: Remarkable Renaissance Books (for Bodleian), and Heavens Printed (in search of a publisher), a beautifully illustrated book about early printed works on astronomy and cosmology.

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.

ILT is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Positype and the support of Friends of ILT.

John Boardley

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