Designer and Artist Maria Monte’s work in illustration and letterforms is tremendous—and fantastic in scope. Excited about her opinions on creativity and craft Nate Burgos interviews Maria for the Design Feast series celebrating remarkable Makers. Maria gives a detailed peek into her world, from her beginnings to getting established to continually improving her illustrating-lettering talents to shaping a creative community—and being shaped by it for the better.
For many of us there can be a disconnect between the design process and the bookbinding. For Kristine Kawakubo, the art of handmade bookbinding is at the centre of her design process from conception to completion. Experimentation is the key to Kristine’s beautifully hand-bound books as the type and imagery interact to create unique compositions.
While I don’t often link direct to twitter (in case the link disappears) this video from Hole&Corner is worth a look! Cylinder printing revolutionised the printing industry in the 18th century. Designs are carved onto copper cylinders or rollers, which are mounted on a large central cylinder. Each cylinder is fed with its own colour as the cloth is passed through.
Johannes Neumeier shares his type design processes and describes some idiosyncratic approaches to designing fonts. “The fact is, like with most design work, the ways to shape a typeface are as varied as there are typefaces.”
Steven Heller talks to Oliver Jeffers (one of my favourite illustrators letterers and book typographers) about his career, process and new monograph “Oliver Jeffers: The Working Mind & Drawing Hand.” The book gives readers an unprecedented and intimate window into his creative process, weaving his popular works with never-before-seen art, the story of his love of books and bookmaking. The Heller interview is super insightful too.