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(in)visible (de)signs podcast

(in)visible (de)signs podcast

By Keith Tam

Discussing communication design on a meta level

Blogs at
medium.com/invisibledesigns
nontxt.com
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Can typography save lives? A conversation with Thomas Girard
Can typography save lives? A conversation with Thomas Girard
[Conversation] In episode 3, we are privileged to have Thomas Girard from Vancouver, Canada as our guest. We had an interesting conversation on whether or not typography can save lives. The conversation sparked from a passage in an essay that Thomas wrote for the British Columbia Review (formerly Ormsby Review) titled ‘Saving Lives', published on 24 January 2021: The argument is always that design isn’t about saving lives. Some people argue for its importance, for example with the historical example of poorly-designed election ballots causing American voters to be confused enough to vote for the wrong party or candidate. Teaching typography during the pandemic puts an interesting lens on it. In one sense it is the least of our worries, but historically it has been so important that it must not be allowed to gather dust. I teach a class called Advanced Typography at a small private design school in Vancouver and I often reflect on how, throughout history, typography has been carefully documented and considered in practical ways in its relationship with current technologies, in the impact it has on people emotionally and, most importantly, in the way we read. Letters are meant to be read, and through the careful study of topics like typographic readability and legibility we can assess its continuing importance. Some say we can never see history while it’s unfolding, but I simply offer this précis of typographic studies so that perhaps we can reflect, “Wait a minute,  writing actually says a lot.” Thomas has been running a very popular podcast channel Unique Ways with Thomas Girard where he interviews such personalities as John Maeda, Bisi Williams, Debbie Millman and Erik Spiekermann. I was fortunate to have been invited to an early episode. He is a UX designer, scholar, educator and author from Vancouver. He was speaker of a popular TEDx talk ‘How to feel at home in the airport’.  The book mentioned in the episode: Caps lock: how capitalism took hold of graphic design, and how to escape from it by Ruben Pater
01:06:26
January 29, 2023
Heinrich von Kleist: On the gradual completion of thoughts during speech
Heinrich von Kleist: On the gradual completion of thoughts during speech
[Reading] Episode 2 starts with a short intro about how this show came about, what to anticipate in the coming episodes, and a Cantonese welcome message. The main part of the episode is a reading of a post published on 4 September 2021. To read the post, visit https://nontxt.com/heinrich-von-kleist/
07:19
January 26, 2023
An ode to books
An ode to books
[Reading] Some musings about books from a design perspective This is a reading of a post published on 10 November 2022 https://nontxt.com/ode-to-books/ 
05:15
January 24, 2023