Paul Shaw, an award-winning graphic designer, typographer, calligrapher, and teacher at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, tells the story of how New York City’s subway signage evolved from a "visual mess" to a uniform system using the Helvetica typeface. His illustrated book Helvetica and the New York City Subway System looks at how politics, economics, and bureaucratic forces shaped decisions made about the subway’s appearance as much as design ideas did. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2011/aug/04/helvetica-and-new-york-city-subway-system/
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Cassim Shepard, member of Urban Omnibus, an online project of the Architectural League, and filmmaker Manny Kirchheimer discuss New York’s train system and how it has shaped the city over the last century. A conversation at the Brecht Forum, co-sponsored by Red Channels, on August 3 includes short films that show the changing nature of the city and its transportation system. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2009/08/03/segments/137777
Please Explain: Typography [WNYC - The Leonard Lopate Show: The Writing on the Wall (September 11, 2009)]
Our 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, will explain how typefaces are created and why typography is important to communication and design.