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These days we spend a lot of time reading text on computer screens and small mobile devices. Steve Matteson is Creative Type Director at Monotype Imaging and he thinks a lot about how to make that digital text legible and easy to read.

You’ll have noticed Steve’s handiwork in Windows, there’s a typeface family called Segoe which is the brand typeface and used in the user interface. He also designed the typefaces for the Xbox and the Xbox 360. And if you use an Android phone, you’ll be familiar with his Droid Sans and Serif typeface families.

Nora talks to Steve about the challenges in designing fonts for our portable technology and whether there’s such a thing as a “bad font.” You’ll notice Nora is pretty keen about fonts herself, watch for her dropping terms like “kerning”!

You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 20:03]

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