Jonathan Hoefler & Steven Heller On “Please Explain: Typography”

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Type Tips, Uncategorized | Yves Peters | September 11, 2009

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Every Friday afternoon Please Explain – the weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show – gets to the bottom of one complex issue. The latest Please Explain is all about typefaces and typography. Typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler, type designer and president of Hoefler & Frere-Jones and Steven Heller, co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts and author of the VISUALS column for the New York Times Book Review, explain how typefaces are created and why typography is important to communication and design.

Header Image: fStop 115.032, from Shall I Speak. Photographer: Brent Larson.

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  1. nice, thanks for posting this, i enjoyed it.

    Posted by Simon Robertson on Sep. 12, 2009
  2. Indeed, very enjoyable.
    It makes me wonder if there’s any podcast out there about typography. I’d like to listen to one of those.

    Posted by Ricardo on Sep. 12, 2009
  3. Well, we have Typeradio for starters.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Sep. 13, 2009
  4. And maybe check their Third Ear list, linking to audio content (& video) from third parties.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Sep. 13, 2009
  5. Thanks for posting this I found it most enjoyable!

    Posted by David Rushton on Sep. 15, 2009
  6. Great interview, thanks!

    Posted by Eva Lindeman on Sep. 15, 2009
  7. This was very intersting, by the way, is there any webpage of the bodoni museum?

    Posted by JBantha on Oct. 8, 2009
  8. Thank you for a terrific interview and for the best produced graphic design website
    on the internet – by far! You guys never let me down, filled with creative content all done with a clean, crisp and precise design month after month – just EXCELLENT!

    Posted by Robert Pellegrino on Oct. 8, 2009
  9. amazing work!!!

    Posted by chansonjo on Nov. 25, 2009

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