My name is Michael Kovacevich and I run MKGD Font Foundry. I’ve been a professional graphic designer for the better part of three decades. I’ve freelanced, worked in various studios, and in the art departments of garment industries.
During that time I, like most designers, have dealt with type on a daily basis. I’ve set, kerned, tracked, bastardized and hand lettered type of all kinds over those many years. These days however, I’ve decided to bring my experience to bear on the designing of typefaces.
In terms of the design process, the original inspiration for a new font may tap into a designer’s creativity, but font creation also requires a good deal of patience in order to make the font, not only attractive, but also precise in terms of letter consistency and metrics as well.
As daunting as creating and polishing a font can be, it can also be incredibly rewarding as well. And not just in terms of financial benefit. Being able to supply a fellow designer with a typeface that helps achieve a desired look also provides me with a feeling of accomplishment. I like to think of it as distilling my years of experience into something that anyone with a creative interest could utilize. I view this aspect of typography with excitement.
My original foray into typography was in the creation of decorative faces, It was a way to ease into the world of typefaces to see if it was truly an undertaking I could manage. I’m happy to say that it has worked out quite well in that regard. It’s been at times a tiring process but one that has also filled me with a sense of achievement. As I mentioned, I originally started out with decorative fonts, but I’m also curious to see where that tac might lead me.
I look forward to the typographic journey in front of me and where it will take me. During the course of my efforts, I hope people will find my work as interesting for them to use, as it is for me to produce.