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.

Do sci-fi fonts work in the real-world future?

In a recent episode of our Creative Characters podcast, the conversation centered around how the futures we envision aren’t always practical for the reality we live in – both in sci-fi films and fonts in car dashboards. 

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.