Tag: Creative matters

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Nostalgia, the creator economy, and the road to Bel-Air.

Nostalgia has been a growing theme since the pandemic hit more than two years ago. In chaos, people crave comfort, familiarity, and experiences that remind them of simpler times. We’ve written previously about how nostalgia is reflected in the development and use of typography in branding. However, nostalgia is also having a moment across nearly all sectors of human life: in fashion, in consumer products, and yes, even in Hollywood.

Everything old is new again: a deeper look at nostalgia in design.

Over the past year or two, nostalgia has become a fixture in design of all kinds: typography, fashion, furniture and beyond. We take a look at the complex relationship between reviving heritage design elements and the history they come from. 

Creative Characters Ep. 20. Adam Weiler.

In this week’s episode, Monotype Type Director, Terrance Weinzierl has an inspiring conversation with designer, educator, and design thinker, Adam Weiler, who currently leads the social innovation program at Steelcase, a furniture company founded in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Design by trial: Creating meaningful connections in virtual worlds

Elizabeth Ann Clark, Chief Creative Officer at virtual reality studio, AEXLAB, talks about the power of VR in social contexts, some of her favorite design tools, and how her team came to select a student-designed typeface for the face of their flagship game.

Creative Characters Ep. 19: Chelsea Goldwell.

In this episode, our own Bill Connolly is joined by Chelsea Goldwell, partner and creative director at Zero Studios, a digitally-native branding studio. Goldwell reflects on her trajectory in design and shares her perspectives on finding balance in this era of intense work.  

Creative Characters Ep. 18: Dave Addey.

In our eighteenth episode, Terrance Weinzierl, Creative Type Director at Monotype, talks with Dave Addey, author of Typeset in the Future. Dave work explores type and design choices in sci-fi movies, a fun crossover that has drawn a remarkably big audience.

Creative Characters Ep. 17: Ellen Lupton.

In our this week’s episode, Monotype’s Brand Designer, Marie Boulanger talks with Ellen Lupton, writer, curator, educator, and designer. They discuss her recent book, Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers, and Lupton’s mission to democratize type through teaching, collaborating, and writing. 

Creative Characters Ep. 16: Tyler Haughey.

In our sixteenth episode, we talk with Tyler Haughey, a photographer whose work highlights otherwise unseen details of Jersey shore beach towns in the off-season. He discusses the creative influence of having a father who was a sign painter, as well as the nature of memory and how signage and décor help anchor experiences in our minds.  

What makes a great Creative Director?

For many designers making it to the coveted role of Creative Director at a reputable agency is viewed as a ‘dream job’, and the realisation of reaching the very top of the career ladder. Fortunately, working with BNO Creative Director’s Forum, Monotype’s Phil Garnham is here to elucidate what it takes to become a Creative Director and how to thrive in the position - and even some wellbeing tips mixed in.

Creative Characters Ep. 15: James Horwitz.

This week, Creative Type Director Charles Nix talks to James Horowitz during a London heatwave about the lessons he learned from founding a design agency, his approach to guiding clients through the creative process, and the impact of Instagram and social media on branding and design.

Creative Characters Ep. 14: Landland.

This week’s guests are Jessica Seamans and Dan Black, who together comprise Landland. We discuss their early days of going to (and playing in) DIY punk shows, how screenprinting keeps you humble, and the evolving relationship between music and the art of the poster.

Creative Characters Ep. 12: James Edmondson.

In our twelfth episode, Creative Type Director Charles Nix speaks with James Edmondson, founder of OH no Type Company in California. James shares how he got his start in typography, as well as his perspective on designing a fulfilling creative career.

Monotype x Middlesex

This year, we had the joy of collaborating with Middlesex University and Andy Gossett’s typography module. Phil Garnham (Creative type director and Middlesex alumni) and Emilios Theofanous (Type Designer, Monotype), had the opportunity to host two online sessions, initially to help kickoff the project and a later session during the semester to discuss the process, critique the designs and answer any type design related questions.

Creative Characters Ep. 11: Lauren Hom.

In episode 11, Monotype’s Jay Loo interviews Lauren Hom, celebrated designer and hand-lettering artist. The two discuss how to build a creative career, and Lauren shares a new passion she is preparing to pursue.

What is the new normal?

Juan Villanueva, Type Designer at Monotype was interviewed by Print Magazine to discuss his thoughts on what the new normal could look like post-pandemic. Thinking introspectively, Juan was asked how his ‘old normal’ differs from his ‘new normal’ in his creative work and lifestyle. Check out the below to explore Juan’s thoughts - and ask yourself does post-pandemic mean ‘the new normal’ or ‘the next normal’ to you?

First published on Print Magazine.

Creative Characters Ep. 10: Hannelore Ocampo.

In episode 10, Creative Type Director Terrance Weinzierl interviews Hannelore Ocampo, Fonts Lead and Type Specialist at Ford Motor Company. The two discuss how to develop a cohesive in-car experience that reflects the needs of modern transportation.

Creative Characters Ep. 9: Angelina Lippert, Posterhouse.

Creative Type Director Charles Nix talks with Angelina Lippert, Chief Curator at the Posterhouse museum in New York City, about the history of poster design, the unseen hands behind some of the more iconic posters from history, and the finicky wonder of Rubylith.

Creative Characters Ep. 8: John Norman.

Our guest in episode eight was John Norman, a celebrated visual storyteller and former Chief Creative Officer of world-renowned creative agencies like Translation, The Martin Agency, and most recently, Havas Chicago.