Doug Thomas is a designer, historian, writer, and teacher. He’s the author of the new book, Never Use Futura and an Assistant Professor in Brigham Young University’s graphic design department. After graduating with a degree in graphic design, Doug continued his education by getting a masters degree in history at the University of Chicago where he began his research on typography history. Doug and I met while we were students in the MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art, where he was turning his historical work into a book. In this episode, Doug and I talk about the book and why Futura is an important typeface, why designers should study history, and how writing and research has changed how he thinks about design.
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