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Wisconsin Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge“ show had a great typography-related discussion today for all you typofile nerds out there.
Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones discuss one of their more famous typefaces, Gotham, and how the Obama campaign came to use it. Then Matthew Carter discuses his most recognizable creation—Verdana. And, yes, there is a bit about IKEA’s adoption of this screen font, along with a few animated reactions, heh.
The remaining interviews are nice as well, Kitty Burns Florey (whose name sounds like a rather scary children’s story) discusses her latest book “Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting“ and Tracy Honn of the Silver Buckle Press talks about the Golden Official #6 press from the late 1800s.
Check out the audio here—enjoy!
Are you sick of listening to elevator music while you work? Classical music doesn’t calm you like it used to? You definitely need to check out The Conet Project! This Four (downloadable) CD set showcases tons of strange-sounding espionage escapades. 150 tracks worth of people of various nationalities counting numbers as well as seemingly endless samples of distorted audio similar to the droids from Star Wars. But seriously, this was quite an interesting find. Make sure you download the accompanying PDF explaining the strange phenomena of Number Stations. Here’s a small quote from the site:
For more than 30 years the Shortwave radio spectrum has been used by the worlds intelligence agencies to transmit secret messages. These messages are transmitted by hundreds of Numbers Stations.
By the way, if you’re not too busy after listening to 4 CDs of noise, why not check out the rest of the internet archives’ universal access to human knowledge. (Thanks to Chris “Metal” Murray for the link).