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Tiny Desk Concert: Laura Gibson

Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson of NPR’s All Songs Considered say they got the idea for Tiny Desk Concerts when they went to see singer Laura Gibson perform a few years ago. The patrons at the bar were loud, drowning out her quiet performance, and it inspired Bob and Stephen to invite her to play at NPR. She did, and a popular series was born.

Fast forward a few years. For the 200th episode of the series, they invited Gibson back to the Tiny Desk to perform songs from her most recent album.

(If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on NPR Music.)

To accompany that, Mito Habe-Evans (of NPR’s Multimedia team) and I worked on a spruced-up Final Cut Pro template for Bob and Mike Katzif to use for the series. We’ve been standardizing around Hoefler & Frere-Jones’s Gotham family for type in NPR Music videos, and we extended that to the new Tiny Desk template. And we enlisted Max Pfennighaus (of NPR’s Product Design team) to illustrate the “squigglevision” microphone used in the title slate.