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January 19, 2017
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So Meta

Adrian Shaughnessy talks to Erik Spiekermann about his typeface FF Meta, the corporate font of Herman Miller, for the company magazine WHY: FF Meta was not designed with Herman Miller in mind, however. It was designed for the German Post Office … Continue reading

April 29, 2015
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Freunde von Freunden: Erik Spiekermann Interview

Freunde von Freunden visit the apartment and studio of designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann: A look around his tidy, if eclectic, home offers an eye pleasing sampler of the designer’s interests. One of his home’s main attractions is his two-story bookshelf, … Continue reading

January 8, 2015
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Creative Characters: Erik Spiekermann

Type designer Erik Spiekermann recently spoke to MyFont’s Creative Characters newsletter about his career and his return to letterpress printing: I think it’s very appropriate to discuss the new interest in analog technologies, and the ways that young people are now finding … Continue reading

July 10, 2014
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Hello, I Am Erik

Next month, the fine folks at Gestalten are publishing Hello, I Am Erik,  a ‘visual biography’ of typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann. In this new interview with GestaltenTV, Spiekermann talks about his 30 year career, and how working with blocks of movable type is different from designing on … Continue reading

February 7, 2012
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Design Matters with Erik Spiekermann

Debbie Millman talks with designer and self-confessed typomaniac Erik Spiekermann on the latest episode of Design Matters: Design Matters with Debbie Millman: Erik Spiekermann mp3

November 18, 2011
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Erik Spiekermann: Typography in the Digital Domain

In this 10-minute film by Johnny Daukes for Microsoft UK,  typographer Erik Spiekermann talks type with Elliot Jay Stocks, founder of 8 Faces magazine: (via I Love Typography)

September 19, 2011
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Erik Spiekermann | FormFiftyFive

Always entertaining type-designer Erik Spiekermann talks to FormFiftyFive about pretty much everything except type design:

May 25, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Line o’ Type — John Hendel celebrates 125 years of Linotype at The Atlantic: A German immigrant named Ottmar Mergenthaler invented [Linotype] in the 1880s and continued to promote and expand its use until dying in Baltimore in 1899. The … Continue reading

February 1, 2011
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Erik Spiekermann — Putting Back the Face into Typography

In this fantastic video from Gestalten, graphic designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann, founder of MetaDesign and FontShop, and author of Stop Stealing Sheep, talks about designing type: Spiekermann also discusses his love typography in this profile on Deutsche Welle TV: … Continue reading

October 22, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Equations — Lauren Panepinto’s stunning op-art covers for a new trilogy of novels by Simon Morden, published by Orbit. From the Orbit blog: These online cover images truly don’t do the packages justice — each book has a single bright colour … Continue reading

August 6, 2010
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Something for the Weekend

Patrick Cramsie, author of The Story of Graphic Design, chooses his top 10 graphic design books for The Guardian. The list includes Notes on Book Design by Derek Birdsall. Type Education — FontShop have released a handful of free typography … Continue reading

June 30, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

Edward Gorey book cover set on Flickr (via This Isn’t Happiness). 15% of Immortality — Literary agent Andrew Wylie profiled in Harvard Magazine: “The music industry did itself in by taking its profitability and allocating it to device holders. Manufacturing … Continue reading

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