Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Font of the Baskervilles...

Fonts are surprisingly controversial.  I’m serious.  Baskerville was once a controversial font…
"Mrs. Baskerville had been married before, and it was not happy tale.  At the age of 16 she wed one Richard Eaves, with whom she bore five children, before he deserted her.  She was then working as John Baskerville's live-in housekeeper -- and later became his lover.  But she was unable to wed Baskerville until Eave's death in 1764 and it may be that some of the society disapproval of Baskerville's work was fired by their unorthodox relationship."  However, in 1996, there is a font named Mrs. Eaves in her honor.  Mrs. Eaves is also the pseudonym of a young woman from Australia who likes to write all over herself with a black marker and post to the resulting videos on YouTube (107-108).

~ From Just My Type:A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield.

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