I love Typography (ILT) is not run by a secretive international conglomerate working from the basement of a pizza parlor. It’s just me. I started the site way back in 2007, while living in Japan. I guess I don’t really need to tell you that it’s a blog about typography and type history, making fonts, and all the things in between — from printmaking to book history, and sometimes even calligraphy. If you’re just browsing, then the contents & search page might be useful.
Perhaps you’d like to learn when and where the alphabet originated, read about the history of typography, groundbreaking typographic firsts, ‘The Last Word on Helvetica’; or, if you’re in a hurry, you might like the 5-Minute Books series. If you’d like something longer, then enjoy reading some feature articles.
Who are you?
I’m John Boardley, a British-European writer now living in Saigon in the south of Vietnam.
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.
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.