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0120111205

"Just My Type" - a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt

From type on the high street and book covers, to the print in our homes and offices, our world is surrounded by and spelt out by fonts.

Little do we realise how our everyday choices are subtly informed and manipulated by these miniature works of art.

Simon Garfield explores the history of the font and the people who brought them into being.

This week we begin to tell the story of the creation of the font - and start with a stark warning concerning the terrible reputation of the much derided 'comic sans'.

What started out as a thrilling new concept quickly turned into a a rather bizarre hate campaign.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

A stark warning concerning the terrible reputation of the much derided 'comic sans'.

0220111206

"Just My Type" - a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt

From type on the high street and book covers, to the print in our homes and offices, our world is surrounded by and spelt out by fonts.

Little do we realise how our everyday choices are subtly informed and manipulated by these miniature works of art.

Simon Garfield explores the history of the font and the people who brought them into being.

Today we tell the sad tale of Vicki Walker who had the temerity to capitalise her emails.

Then we go back in time to the origins of the font and the Gutenberg press.

And end with the only example in history of a drowned font!

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

The sad tale of Vicki Walker, who had the temerity to capitalise her emails.

0320111207

"Just My Type" - a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt

From type on the high street and book covers, to the print in our homes and offices, our world is surrounded by and spelt out by fonts.

Little do we realise how our everyday choices are subtly informed and manipulated by these miniature works of art.

Simon Garfield explores the history of the font and the people who brought them into being.

We spend so much of our lives travelling but barely give a thought to the design and display of countless transport messages that surround us.

Today we explore the fonts we encounter on our journeys and end with the shocking story of the man who tried to give up helvetica.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

The fonts we encounter on our journeys and the man who tried to give up helvetica.

0420111208

It's the perfect time of year for a celebratory gin-and-tonic, and these days the tipple raised at Christmas may well have been made in London.

After centuries of decline, the capital's distilling industry is picking up again, fuelled by small-scale producers and European rules changes that recognise London dry gin as a distinct drinks category.

Peter Day meets some of the entrepreneurs behind the trend and raises a glass or two to home-grown UK businesses.

Producer: Mike Wendling

Editor: Stephen Chilcott.

How Eric Spiekermann changed the face of the German typeface.

05 LAST20111209

"Just My Type" - a book about fonts by Simon Garfield.

Read by Julian Rhind Tutt

From type on the high street and book covers, to the print in our homes and offices, our world is surrounded by and spelt out by fonts.

Little do we realise how our everyday choices are subtly informed and manipulated by these miniature works of art.

Simon Garfield explores the history of the font and the people who brought them into being.

The Font in politics.

How Barack Obama used a font to win a presidency.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus Production for BBC Radio 4.

The font in politics, and how Barack Obama used a font to win a presidency.