Today we have an interview with Simon Walker. I found Simon while doing an extended internet surfing session. I saw Simon's site and fell in love with his work. Particularly I absolutely adore the type face his logo is in.
Q. How/Why/When did you get into design?
A. I got into design after an art teacher in college noticed I had a propensity for including typography in my drawings. He described my art as "graphic design", which was a new concept to me, at least in terms of my own art, but I loved the idea that I might be able to some day make a living doing something I was halfway decent at already. So I pursued it immediately and now, nearly 20 years later, here I am.
Q. What is the key to a good type face?
A. I'm not sure there's any one key, but I think a type designer has to realize that there are a handful of basic, mostly unwritten rules about what differentiates the good type from bad - which is not to say that those rules can't be broken, but you have to be really comfortable with them if you want to break them right.
Q. What computer do you use and why?
A. I have a 15-inch Macbook Pro plugged into a 27-inch monitor, mostly because it's what my employers gave me to use. I like the mobility of it, because I don't currently have a computer of my own at home and I do a lot of work there, too. When I do go in for a new one for the house it'll probably be a 27-inch iMac, because I know next to nothing about computers myself, and that's what my friends tell me I'll need.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I have a couple big projects going on at the office right now, as well as a small and constantly rotating handful of freelance gigs - almost all of them requesting custom type, which is great. I'm also working on at least 2 fonts: Matchbook, which has been slowly making the rounds online and will finally be released with Lost Type in the coming months, and another secret font project based on a re-design - or re-imagining - of the font used by Woody Allen in all his movie credits: Windsor.
Q. What can we expect from you in the future!
A. More of the same, I guess, although I’m always trying to evolve my type-style, which is tricky when nearly all your clients come to you for the kind of stuff you've already done over and over again.But honestly I have no room for complaint, and I love what I do. Also, more fonts, for sure.
I really love the hand drawn feel Simon brings to his fonts so I wanted to incorporate his typography into the wallpaper. Buy it here.