005. Gemma O’Brien: The Future of Typography is Human

005. Gemma O’Brien: The Future of Typography is Human

“What typography does is communicate and connect and has such an ability to speak to particular time and place and speak to human experience.”

What is the future of typography, as our lives are becoming more digital? Gemma O'Brien is on the show from her studio in Sydney, Australia, and she will explore this question while we have a conversation about her philosophy behind the trend of authenticity in design and why she thinks the future of typography is human.

003. Rod Cavazos: Playful Perspectives on Type Design

003. Rod Cavazos: Playful Perspectives on Type Design

“Think of letters in terms of clay that you’re gonna sculpt. They don’t need to be fully sculpted before you jump them in to the digital side of things.”

In this episode, we chat with Rod Cavazos, Principal Type Designer at PSY/OPS, who’s created dozens of typefaces for top tier corporations and brands, schools and nonprofits, and even a couple of governments. Rod also has a quirky sense of play, and it is something he explores with obsessive delight.

002. Nikki Villagomez: Culture + Typography

002. Nikki Villagomez: Culture + Typography

“I’ve found a lot of beautiful typography is at tops of buildings where people don’t normally look, in back alleys, and manhole covers, which is one of my favorites.”

Nikki Villagomez is Graphic Designer and Creative Studio Manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman. She is also an avid letterhunter and the author of Culture + Typography: How Culture Affects Typography. She’s been scouring the United States seeking the clues that communicate the culture of a city through the typography of the city surroundings, evident in historical signage, ghost signs, manhole covers, and more. 

001. Talking About Type

001. Talking About Type

I’ve been practicing graphic design for 14 years, and teaching interactive and graphic design for 18 years. And throughout this time, I’ve been wondering what makes good graphic design?

In design annuals and competitions, what do design juries look for? What about the typography makes a design piece great? Why do some agencies get more design awards than others?