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).
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Episode 3 / Bodoni > Listen here

After a much longer than intended “we’re out of lockdown and we have a social life again!” pause The Type Pod is back! In this episode we deep dive into Bodoni, that typeface most beloved by designers of fashion magazines. Designer, type teacher, and Anitra’s former student David joins us from Washington D.C. to discuss why designers have, for more than two centuries, stuck with Bodoni through thick and thin.


We learn all about designer Giovanni Battista, who once made Napoleon come to his house for a change, and is special enough to have his own museum in Parma. We speculate on why grunge band Nirvana chose a typeface most associated with “high class” to be their band logo. Finally, Anitra will explain why Bodoni probably wouldn’t get sloppy ‘white girl’ drunk.


Download a transcript set in Bodoni

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Episode 2 / Gill Sans > Listen Here

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 disturbing revelations mean she is no longer a fan of Gill Sans 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 saying Gill Sans is 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)

Download a transcript set in Gill Sans


Episode 1 / Futura > Listen here


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:


Getty Research Institute:

Just My Type / Simon Garfield 
Elements of Typographic Style / Robert Bringhurst

Download a transcript set in Futura