I Love Typography


What’s it all about?

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 pages, words, and letters 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 letter a was printed with a ‘fringe’ or an extra bit at the top. This site aims to make the subject more accessible, to bring the study of typography and type history to as big an audience as possible. 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 the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Why Japan? Vietnam? Not sure really, but I like it here.


If you love typography, then you’ll enjoy my new book, Typographic Firsts: Adventures in Early Printing, published by Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.

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.

And last but not least, this site would not exist without the support of ILT’s spectacularly brilliant sponsor, Hoefler & Co. Visit them, buy all their fonts, send them love letters, watch them on Netflix!

John Boardley

Me elsewhere:

FaceBook (ILT)
FaceBook (me)
Instagram (mostly cats)
Typographic Firsts
Heavens Printed
Art archive