Say what you like about Dylan, the man knows about story structure.
Oh, Where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
This year I have mostly… been working on a new project in my new home in Barcelona. Its called 24hfont (pronounced Twenty Four hour font).
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw friends and designers I respect making good use of their skills and creativity to carve out niches for themselves in the design market. I saw that I have a good network of type friends who can support and guide my designs. I saw that I have been working for two years in type design and have not yet released a font. I saw a Barney Ronay article about cricket set against the backdrop of A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan.
And what did you hear?
I heard you tubers claim to create a font in an hour. I heard the days of acting alone are over. I heard the divide between Reading and The Hague lasts for generations. I heard you can waste your time selling yourself to your own industry. I heard Monotype owns the licences of designers who hate them. I heard fonts are software and shouldn’t be for sale. I heard that licences are of less value than trust and there’s nothing I can do if someone steals my work. I heard a computer could do what I do a lot faster. I heard that what we do isn’t design anyway and that none of us could call ourselves real designers. And I heard that I shouldn’t give up my day job.
And who did you meet?
I met very smart and passionate people from every corner of the globe who share a love for written communication. People who support other designers and volunteer for type industry neighbourhood watch. People who welcome new type designers and give advice for free. People who said I should start my own foundry, People who said that they would work with me. People who said they had no problem if somebody else copies a font of the month club.
Oh, what’ll you do now?
I’ll finish what I started which is the hardest thing in type design.
I’ll kern and I’ll extend and I’ll release the Lightbulb font on Future Fonts.
I’ll get going on Day 2 of @24hfont. Its a gift for my brother.
I’ll release my MATD project Hayward on Google Fonts.
I’ll release Joaquin. A project only four of you know about.
I’ll start a foundry with a couple of my friends.
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinking’.