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My name is Csaba Bernáth and I’m a graphic designer. I’m or… read more
My name is Csaba Bernáth and I’m a graphic designer. I’m originally from Hungary, but I currently live in Malta. I had worked for many design studios and advertising agencies over the last 10 years before deciding that I needed a fresh start to concentrate more on the crafty side of design and leave the rush of the advertising world behind. Malta definitely seems to be the ideal place to do that. I wouldn’t call myself a typographer, a UI Designer, or a packaging and type designer; I enjoy designing for different platforms equally and I always like to try new things. Outside my role as a designer, I like to live a creative life as well—I’m also a music producer and DJ, and I just started getting back to my childhood love for illustration as well.
How would you describe your font?
Bernath is a classic Didone-display font with a modern, 3-D twist. As a font, it’s Mozart remixed by Modeselektor.
What is the guiding concept behind Bernath?
I wanted to design a font that has a classic fee, but one that doesn’t look overused or outdated—a font that communicates tradition without missing the opportunity to innovate.
Bernath has a slight 3-D shadow effect. How did you come up with this design feature?
The 3-D shadow effect was the twist that makes the font stand out from other classic fonts. it’s a gentle effect that you probably wouldn’t even recognize at first sight, but one that you realize after noticing that something is unusual with the typeface.
How do you see this font being used?
It has a bit of a luxurious feel, so the ideal usage would be for posters, branding, and for titles—it’s definitely not for long paragraphs or running text.
Can you tell us more about your work as a designer and typographer?
I’m currently freelancing on mostly branding and web design projects, but more typefaces are on their way as well . Lately, I have been getting back to illustration as well.
How would you characterize your style?
My style varies from client to client; I try to approach graphic design as an applied art form. Vintage design inspires me a lot, but I always try to give it a modern twist.
What inspires you?
I always try to live with my eyes wide-open. Since I moved to Malta, vintage shop signage inspired me a lot —there are a lot of hidden gems on the streets, but sadly most of them are disappearing. Sign painting is an art form that shouldn’t go to waste.
Do you have an ideal workplace?
Most of the time, I need peace and quiet to work—too many people and too much noise makes it hard for me to concentrate. That said, designing at home tends to kill my creativity too. My advice for freelancers is to find a co-working office because seeing other people makes you feel less like an outcast and it helps keep your productivity flowing.
What plans and projects are in your pipeline? Are you planning to develop more fonts?
I’ll design more fonts in the future for sure. It’s a bigger project than i had first thought ti would be, but it is definitely worth the time.