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 projects that have an inherent practicality to them; ceramics, building things of all kinds, and of course graphic design—which is practically all practicality. But type design is the ultimate practical art form to me.
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 feeling of a silent collaboration with the designer or art director using your font as part of their project, it’s really quite an honor. 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?