Keith Houston: Shady Characters

After reading Houston’s The Book, I went back to read his previous Shady Characters with a much deeper appreciation. The backstory of the typographical marks including the pilcrow (¶), the interrobang (‽), the octothorpe (#), the ampersand (&), the @ symbol, the asterisk (*), the dagger (†), and the manicule (☞) is informing, enlightening, and inspiring. The beautiful hardcover, which is highly readable in Hoefler Text, reserves a place on my bookshelf to remind me these characters whenever I work on my typographic design.