Welcome to our interview and Fontlist series as part of the FontShop Celebrates: Women in Design week. During this series we interviewed a few of our favourite female designers. We then asked them to compile their own Fontlists of their top type picks, giving reasons as to why those particular faces tickled their fancy.
Day three of our interview and Fontlist series sees us speaking to Laura Meseguer.
[link not found] You set up your own foundry back in the late eighties/early nineties. Since then the industry has changed hugely in terms of formats, the rise of webfonts etc. What has been the most exciting development for you in recent years?
Laura Meseguer | “Well, yes you are right, we had the privilege of being there from the beginning. Probably the rise of web fonts and responsive web design are the most relevant developments today and in the recent years. Both brought to us a new field to explore, so let’s see where technology will be in five years! Currently I can see how new design practices are developing as a blend between design, computation and art… maybe type design will follow this route as well? One thing is for sure, the immediate future sees a tendency for design to create specific screen-friendly typefaces.”
Would you recommend starting your own foundry today?
Laura Meseguer | “Yes, if the designers in question have the desire to go it alone then I would recommend it.”
What has your experience as a teacher and lecturer taught you? And who was your mentor/inspiration?
Laura Meseguer | “In regards to my role as a lecturer I have learned that sharing ‘what, why and how’ is really important, because it’s the best way for people to understand the meaning and value of your work. From teaching I’ve learned many, many things, especially from students who are dealing with typography and type design for the first time. I have found that for them, the ‘learning by doing’ approach is the best possible option. Mentors? I would say that these are/were my drawing teacher at college and also my lecturers at Type and Media. As for inspiration, well there are many, many, things – it’s a long list!”
If you could publish another book, on a subject other than typography, what would it be about?
Laura Meseguer | “Difficult question. It would probably be a magazine, all about inspiration.”
Who would you love to design a custom typeface for?
Laura Meseguer | “Wow, I don’t know, for an Imre Reiner exhibition? It could be the most challenging (but rewarding) project ever!”