I feel fortunate to have stumbled into type design some twenty odd years ago. What a great mash-up of art and commerce. I seem to be drawn to creative endeavors that have an inherent practicality to them, building stuff, ceramics–and graphic design in general, which is practically all practicality. But to me type is the ultimate practical art form.
I started working as a graphic designer in LA in the early 90s, and have continued to do mostly web design and advertising work for the past twenty or so years as I’ve added to the Aerotype library. I’ve assembled an eclectic group of fonts in that time, but the pen and brush are keeping me pretty busy these days.
At the end of the day the best aspect of type design is the sense of a silent collaboration of sorts with the designer or art director using your font as part of their project. It’s as if they said, “…of all the fonts in the world, I pick: Yours!” It makes it fun to go to the supermarket. How can you not like that?