Meet the people creating some of today’s most exciting work.
Creative Characters brings you interviews and discussions with some of the most interesting people working in design and typography today. The series debuted on MyFonts several years ago, and now we’re bringing it back with some new tricks up its sleeve.
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New Font Releases: Deep Dive Interviews.
Ever wanted to learn more about a new font release: what’s the process, what’s the reasoning behind the design? Now is your chance! Hear from the designers themselves and get an inside look into the process of publishing a new font.
Inside the Studio: Creative Characters.
Through quick, insightful Q&As, Inside the Studio: Creative Characters. We will take an inside look into classic and seasoned foundries from the world of type design every other month. Join us while we take a deeper look into the intriguing world of type design from the designers’ and studios’ points of view to discover what exciting work and type design is being created.
Daniel Pelavin - Pelavin Fonts
Chat with illustrator/typographer Danny Pelavin, and you’ll discover that he’s grateful for having creatively come of age in the 1970s, during the halcyon days of design studios in Detroit; that he still does all his lettering by hand; and that he’s not shy about sharing his truths. Read more
Fitriyawan Runsell - Runsell Type
Type and graphic designer Fitriyawan Runsell, founder of Runsell Studios, launched his Magelang City, Indonesia-based business in 2016, when he was just 24. Since then, he’s created 300+ fonts in multiple languages, ranging from Arabic to English. Recently, his foundry expanded by introducing Logofonts, a new division producing brand logos for small-to-mid-sized companies. Read more
Up and Coming Creative Characters.
Through quick, insightful Q&As, the Up and Coming Creative Characters will introduce you to new and emerging faces in the world of type design every other month. This series will span the globe, highlighting designers and studios doing exciting work and changing the way type is created.
Aldy Sidik - Olivetype
If every foundry has a vibe, then Olivetype’s is young, urban, and funky, with a liking for graffiti-like fonts. Founded in 2019 by Aldy Sidik and Nurul Hidayani, a husband-and-wife team driven by what Sidik calls “a shared passion for typography,” Olivetype is based in West Java, Indonesia, on an island surrounded by volcanos, some of them active. Read more
Dwi Ahidian - Lemonthe
Graphic designer and font creator Dwi Ahidian, the founder of Lemonthe Studio, found himself on a newly creative path just five years after his 2015 graduation from Politeknik Piksi Ganesha, a university in Bandung, the capital city of Indonesia’s West Java province, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and where he also lives and works. Read more
Font designers Ben Kiel and Jesse Ragan, co-owners of XYZ Type, neither build garden fountains nor pour metal (two popular career misconceptions that the pair encounter). Instead, they’re quippy 40-somethings who launched their own shop after meeting and singing karaoke together at TypeCon NYC in 2005. Read more
Richard Lipton has been drawing and designing letterforms for an impressive five decades, blending experience in sign painting, calligraphy and type design in a career that’s included time at Bitstream, Adobe, Font Bureau and as a founding partner at Type Network. Read more
Fachrizal Yusuf — Allouse Studio
Fachrizal Yusuf took the leap from freelance designer to studio founder, along with two childhood friends in a small city in Indonesia. Completely self-taught, with the help of design books and tutorial videos online, Yusuf’s studio Allouse produces a wide range of playful, hand-lettered fonts. Read more
Diego Aravena — W Type Foundry
Call him a dreamer. Diego Aravena, 36, currently lives in Britain and studies at the University of Reading, where he’s earning a master’s degree in font design. Read more
Toshi Omagari — Tabular Type Foundry.
Japanese typographer, Toshi Omagari, 37, enjoys using the research skills he honed in adulthood to become an expert at what he loved growing up in 1990’s Fukuoka, Japan: video arcade games. Read more
Mario De Libero & Manuel Alvaro — Italiantype Foundry.
What’s in a revival? Respect, for starters, but also the confidence to believe that there’s room to improve on a classic. That’s the case for Italiantype designers Mario De Libero, 23, and Manuel Alvaro, 31. Read more
Joana Correia — Nova Type Foundry.
Born in Porto, Portugal, an ancient seaside city where she was classically trained as an architect before entering the field of type design, Joana Correia has enjoyed a 20-year career shaped by her twin drives to learn from the old while creating something new. Read more
Cahya Sofyan — Studio Sun.
Cahya Sofyan’s inspiration knows no bounds. With a lineup of typefaces straight out of the Summer of Love by way of the Pony Express, Sofyan’s display fonts practically vibrate off the screen, while his quieter sans serifs hum with understated grace. Read more
Font designer Connary Fagen, 36, brings an organic perspective to everything he creates. Raised in Colorado, he describes his typefaces as if they grew from the western ground — alongside the wheat fields and mountains surrounding his one-man foundry. Read more
Creative Characters Podcast.
This brand new podcast from Monotype will explore the people and personalities behind the brands, campaigns, and designs we love. Through interviews with creatives from a variety of disciplines, listeners will hear stories, tips, and insights straight from the people working at the cutting edge of the creative industry.
Creative Characters podcast will be available on Apple Podcasts and most other places you find podcasts.
This is our first episode, and our guest is James Sommerville, who has worked at several notable brands including The Coca-Cola Company. Today, he is the co-founder of KNOWN_UNKNOWN and is working to transform the future of creative talent. You can hear this pod cast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever quality podcasts can be found.
Celebrating Women In Typography.
March is Women’s History Month, so we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate some amazing women working in the type design industry.
We are banking on you to spread the word using @bymonotype @MyFonts #CreativeCharacters.