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I have been working as a graphic designer since 1… read more
I have been working as a graphic designer since 1998.
I have worked for Raffinerie AG and together with some friends I had a studio called GST28.
I just got back from checking out the Australian graphic scene and I’m wondering what will be next...
What is your direction in graphic design? How would you characterize your style?
I love simple, geometric and graphic styles with a slight sense of humor or a funny idea behind it.
Place of work
Most of the time, I am in Zurich. Now and then I travel, but always with my computer. It would be great to have the same plugs everywhere...
Can you give us a short description about the font?
It's a 'pop' version of old German typefaces – a new version of a gothic type.
Why did you design this font?
I had to create some examples for a logo for a band.
In the end, they didn’t choose this one, but I kept on drawing the other letters of the alphabet to complete the typeface.
What is the ideal usage of your font?
Everything above 6 point size.
Use it for a headline or as a text font. A children’s book could also be nice – like the kind I used to read. We had some old reading books and they were all printed in old typefaces and always wondered what the German “ß” would be good for. It could also work great as lettering for a chalet in the Swiss mountains.
Do you design your fonts by hand, or directly on the computer?
I prefer to draw fonts that are meant to work digitally, directly on the computer and those that are supposed to have a hand drawn look, by hand.
For this font, I made some quick sketches with a marker to simulate the feather flow when I wasn’t sure how the fat and thin lines would run.
Does developing a typeface start with the character (the individual letter) or are there intermediate stages in which a kind of rhythm develops?
I always start with one letter – having some interesting details or an idea. Then I try to adopt this to the rest of the letters. The difficulty is to have a system which holds the letters together without being to simple.
Can you explain what makes you choose a typeface? Or which typefaces catch your eye as something special?
It depends on what I'm actually working on or what I'm interested in. And also how someone handled the typeface.
What fonts still have to be drawn?
There are a lot. As long as people communicate, especially in different languages and types, there will be a need for new typefaces. And I think that’s great and that is what I like about graphic design, it’s always changing!
Your future plans?
Keep my eyes open and go on with drawing.