Here are two fairly brief interviews with the animated and witty German typographer Erik Spiekermann. Spiekermann has been designing typefaces since 1979 and has been one of the most interesting (and familiar) typographers since then. (At the very least he's one of my favorites.) The first is a 13min. interview he did with Gestalten TV, which is really great and more interesting for designers than humorous. Spiekermann talks about languages, both of design and written languages in the digital world, as well as "dialects" of design in the globalized world.
Also, he finally provides us with an understandable explanation of how George W Bush got elected, using it as the ultimate example of how "graphic design can change lives."
" Read as much as you can, listen to as much as you can, travel as much as you can, meet as many people as you can; just, gather all this shit for years and years and years and when you think your head is almost full, then you start over."
Also here is the 8min. extended interview that was cut from the Helvetica (2007) documentary by Gary Hustwit, which is both witty, snide, and educational. Among other fascinating tidbits Spiekermann tells us the history of Arial, which is also a brief history of why Microsoft is evil. Enjoy.