Monocle on Design

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7 April 2020

Episode 443

30 minutes


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We look back at a few of our favourite typography tales and hear about a Hague-based foundry making Arabic fonts, a calligrapher's adventures in ink, an east London sign painter and a typeface analyst. Write on.

7 April 2020

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Chapter 1

10 minutes


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Chapter 1

Letters In Ink

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Pen for hire Rajiv Surendra's childhood fascination with handwriting and calligraphy led to him founding his own company, Letters In Ink.

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Chapter 2

5 minutes

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Chapter 2

Joep Pohlen

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Dutch author Joep Pohlen's book, 'Letter Fountain' analyses more than 150 typefaces and helps readers to select the best for the task at hand.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Luminor Sign Co

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Artist Ged Palmer has reopened the 1930s Luminor Sign Co in Shoreditch, east London. So how have hand-painted signs stayed relevant?

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

TPTQ Arabic

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Kristyan Sarkis of TPTQ Arabic, a Hague-based foundry, talks about developing typefaces.

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