Anitra and Jason are two type nerds, who share the strange and wonderful stories of the typefaces we read every day (and their mutual disdain for the typeface Goudy)
Transcript is set in Gill Sans
Episode Two / Gill Sans
Due to technical issues during recording, we skip our advertised feature on Times New Roman; although fear not, we will return to Times New Roman in the future. Instead we focus on Gill Sans, and Eric Gill, type designer and religious artist, with a sideline in erotic woodcuts.
Jason warns that luxuriant facial hair combined with smock-wearing are a red flag, and Anitra confesses some disturbing revelations mean she is no longer a fan of Eric Gill or Chris Pratt. We agree that Gill Sans is not a typeface for beginners, and discuss the hazards of uneven proportions in letterforms. Anitra laments that Gill Sans being the “British Helvetica” doesn’t wash with Americans.
Weblinks referenced in this episode:
The Four Gospels
The Gill Sans Font Family (scroll down for Gill Sans Ultra Bold)
Episode One / Futura
In this first episode we talk about Futura, that most versatile of modernist typefaces and its designer Paul Renner, the OG Anti-fa.
Anitra tells Jason why the Nazis hated Latin typefaces. We argue about the merits of mathematical proportions and Jason unfairly compares Type Designer Mathew Carter to a character from Game of Thrones.
Websites and books referenced in this episode:
Biography of Renner:
University of Kansas Bio of Renner (that everyone else shamelessly ripped off):
About the women of the Bauhaus:
Just My Type / Simon Garfield
Elements of Typographic Style / Robert Bringhurst
Here is a transcript set in Futura!