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Back in the dark ages when typewriters were still in use, documents were typed in a font named Courier. Nowadays, says the presenter Ian Peacock, the fonts that we choose reveal a huge amount about our personalities. Indeed, they are as much a fashion statement as the clothes we wear. Here he talks to Neville Brody, one of Britain's leading designers of typefaces - who reveals his intense dislike of Arial and Times New Roman - and to the horror writer and self-confessed font fanatic James Herbert (above). He also hears from the typography expert Caroline Archer, who reveals how a job application may not be read if it appears in the wrong font.

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