Architecture & Design

Episode 279: Tobias Frere-Jones

The designer of widely-used typefaces, including Surveyor, Tungsten, and Retina, he draws on the history of his native Brooklyn: old subway signs, old newspapers. More surprising, his fonts are also inspired by Walt Whitman. A conversation at the New York Transit Museum. Music from Rahiem and Amiri Taylor. 

Person: Walt Whitman
Place: this subway entrance
Thing: a set of subway signs
Randy’s Person: Perry Chen