Adland's Podcast ep 4: Ray Larabie - the prince of fonts

Everyone has seen something that Raymond Larabie has done, even if they might not know his name. A most prolific font creator, he has influenced our world from package design to logotypes to shouting headlines, by giving us a plethora of expressive typefaces to play with. I mean literally giving us, as he released tons of them for free. 

You can find his work at typodermicfonts.com, in your Adobe font collection, and naturally at MyFonts. You can stalk his Japanese scenery on Instagram and follow him on Twitter where he is @Typodermic.  

So how did he start creating all these fonts, and why? Which is the hardest letter to do? When did he move to Japan? He left the gaming industry - where he designed the cars you thrashed in Grand Theft Auto among other things - to start a type foundry, did that even make sense at the time? What inspires him?

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The spiffy intro/outro tune is as always "(How to Keep Your) Husband Happy", by the Cosmopolitans, and is available on AmazoniTunesGoogle and any streaming service of your choice. 

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Jason V's picture

Fun ep!

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Thank you! I thought so too, I had fun.