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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 Goudy)
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Gill Sans

Gill Sans

2021-10-1628:03

Content warning: this pod contains details of historical sexual abuse. 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 for, and Anitra confesses some disturbing revelations about Eric Gill and Chris Pratt mean she is no longer a Fan of either one's body of work. 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.You can find the show notes and transcript set in Gill Sans at: https://www.anitraland.com/podcastIf you'd like to share your own views on Gill Sans, or the pod, email us on designsleuth@yahoo.com or leave us a message on speakpipe.com/thesiswhispererYou can find us on Twitter: @type_pod and on Insta: @the_type_podOur Producer, Professor Inger Mewburn is located at the Australian National University and is on twitter as @thesiswhisperer
Futura

Futura

2021-10-0345:18

In this first episode, Anitra and Jason talk about Futura, that most versatile of modernist typefaces and its designer Paul Renner, OG Anti-fa. Anitra tells Jason why the Nazis hated Latin typefaces. We argue about the merits of mathematical proportions and discuss why Futura is probably not classified as a “fun” typeface. Jason unfairly compares Type Designer Mathew Carter to a character from Game of Thrones.Anitra chose to do the history for this episode thinking that she knows all about Futura because she has read lots of stuff about the Bauhaus, but does she actually? (Spoiler alert, turns out not really).You can find the show notes and transcript set in Futura at: https://www.anitraland.com/podcastIf you'd like to share your own views on Futura, or the pod, email us on designsleuth@yahoo.com or leave us a message on speakpipe.com/thesiswhispererYou can find us on Twitter: @type_pod and on Insta: @the_type_podOur Producer, Professor Inger Mewburn is located at the Australian National University and is on twitter as @thesiswhisperer
Catch up with your favourite typography nerds, Anitra and Jason, as they unravel the mysteriously wonderful world of typefaces - and the people who make them.Each episode is a deep dive into one type face (not a font!), who designed it, what it's good for and how we feel about it. 
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