11.10.15: Typeface Piracy, Live-Novel Writing, & No Plot, No Problem

Nov 10, 2015

Garamond, Times New Roman, Helvetica. We use them so often, it’s easy to forget that typefaces are licensed products – and just like other forms of media, they can be pirated and plagiarized. Today, we confront the rampant problem of typeface piracy. Then, the founder of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, urges our inner-writer out of its shell. 

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Typeface Piracy

We use them so often, it’s easy to forget that typefaces are licensed products – and just like other forms of media, can be pirated and plagiarized.

Steven Heller has authored, co-authored, or edited over one-hundred books on design and pop culture – he’s also  former art director for the New York Times Book Review – and he recently wrote about the rampant problem of typeface piracy for Wired.

Live-Novel Writing

Joshua Cohen is a prolific young author who has published four novels and four collections of short fiction. He recently completed PCKWCK –  a work of fiction loosely based on Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers, live. As onlookers commented on his work. A completed book will be published in December. 

Robots for Humanity

In 2002 Henry Evans suffered a severe brain stem stroke. It left him immobile…unable to move or speak… but now, with the help of robotics, Henry is able to connect and communicate.  KALW’s Angela Johnston brings us this story from the Bay Area. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

No Plot? No Problem!

Chris Baty is a teacher, speaker, and writer and he’s the founder of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. He has an updated edition of the book he wrote in 2004 to help writers finally take the plunge, it’s called No Plot? No Problem!