Sunday, October 11, 2015

Are fonts art?


This is the monologue for the most recent episode of Why? Radio: "“Text as image, image as text: How one artist uses language to combine art and literature" with guest Alexandra Grant. Click here to listen to the episode. 


There is a wonderful documentary called Helvetica which is about, as you may have already guessed, the font by the same name. It goes into detail about how Helvetica was designed and gives example after example of how it has become the most commonly used font in the world. You would think that a movie about a typeface would be miserably boring. It’s not. It’s fascinating and it gives all of us a chance to think about letters the way that font designers do—as tiny little pieces of art that are designed with forethought and care.