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Nov 02, 2011

Obsessions in Type Design

Christian Schwartz

About this video


Detail-oriented and complex, type design is in many ways an intrinsically obsessive activity, whether or not a client is involved. Christian Schwartz will discuss how his and his colleagues' various obsessions, ranging from stencil letterforms, to Factory Records, to 20th century Swiss graphic design have shaped the Commercial Type library and motivated them in their various projects.


Christian Schwartz

Christian Schwartz is a partner in the type foundry Commercial Type. Christian first worked at MetaDesign Berlin, where he developed typefaces for Volkswagen. He then returned to the US to join the design staff at The Font Bureau. He has been named one the 40 most influential designers under 40 by Wallpaper, and was included in Time’s 2007 “Design 100.” His typefaces have been proprietary designs for publications, including the US edition of Esquire, the New York Times, and the extensive Guardian Egyptian family, with Paul Barnes, for The Guardian's new look in 2005.