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16 February 2016

Episode 227

30 minutes

A look at some of the latest developments and enduring stories in typography and lettering. We check in with TPTQ Arabic, a type foundry in The Hague focused on developing high-quality Arabic typefaces and we chat with Jonathan Hoefler, head of New York foundry Hoefler & Co, who takes us through the company’s new typeface Operator. Plus: we look at Italy’s sign heritage and survey the best pens on show at Paperworld in Frankfurt.

16 February 2016

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TPTQ Arabic

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Founded in October 2015, TPTQ Arabic is a type foundry and design studio focused on developing high-quality Arabic typefaces. Co-founder Kristyan Sarkis talks to us about the unique opportunities and challenges of Arabic script design.

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Signs of Italy

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James Clough is a British designer and writer based in Italy. His book ‘Signs of Italy’ examines the best sign designs from across the country. He tells us what’s special about signage in the bel paese.

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Hoefler & Co

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Jonathan Hoefler, head of New York type foundry Hoefler & Co, talks us through the company’s new typeface Operator, which draws on typewriter aesthetics to meet digital demands.

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Paperworld Frankfurt

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We go back to the basics of lettering with a report on the best pens on offer at Paperworld, Europe’s largest stationery trade fair.

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