Fiona Sinclair, Type has a body … just like you!, Butterfly Publishing, October 2023, 32 pp, RRP $24.99 (pbk), ISBN 9780645277661
Although central to language, typography is a mystery to many, but this unique offering by Melbourne designer-educator, Fiona Sinclair, may very well change that. Blending art, imagery and information, Type has a body … Just like you! introduces young readers to the anatomy of letterforms and typefaces in a quirky, entertaining way.
In the book, type has a body – literally. Sinclair, the author, illustrator and designer, attributes letterforms with human characteristics – a clever mnemonic device that not only brings typefaces to life, but helps children remember and identify them. I thought I knew fonts but learned a thing or three.
Featuring rhyme and alliteration, Sinclair’s writing style is informative and engaging: K has one leg instead of two. It helps K stand up, just like you. Some lowercase g’s have a neck or a link, like the neck on your body or a bottle of drink.
Type has a body … Just like you! provides a solid foundation for appreciating and understanding the basics of typography, an invaluable tool for children developing visual literacy, creative expression and communication skills. This fresh take on letterforms and typefaces also encourages readers to see the beauty and significance of design in their everyday lives.
A playful but highly insightful introduction to the diverse world of typography.
Reviewed by Maura Pierlot
Read an interview with author, Fiona Sinclair here.