Rhythm Remarks is back again with Dan Rhatigan. Rhatigan is a typeographer, typeface designer, and the UK type director for Monotype. He has also taught part-time at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands.
TYPO Talks: How is rhythm reflected in your work?
Dan Rhatigan: Working on typefaces is a real stop-and-go process, as I rarely know at the start everything that will need to be a part of the final result. My way of working requires time to set a design aside to reflect and forget it a little bit, punctuated by bursts of intense activity so I can hold all the variable in my head at once.
TT: How do you get into your creative rhythm?
DR: With great difficulty. The reflective part is easy: that often happens as I drift off to sleep, or when I’ve been distracted enough by other tasks that I can back away from what I’ve been drawing. Getting into the focused, productive state of mind for working on type, though, requires a chunk of time without interruptions. I’ll often start with repetitive, low-level things like checking the positions of accent marks as a warm-up to ease me into the more productive state of mind.
TT: What speakers are you most looking forward to meeting or hearing talk at TYPO SF?
DR: I’m really looking forward to Emmet Byrne, since I was really impressed with the Walker Art Center when I finally got to visit during the AIGA conference this past Fall: they’re up to some great stuff. I’m also a big fan of Rene Knip’s typographic work, so his talk ought to be a real treat.
TT: If you haven’t visited SF before, what are you most looking forward to experiencing? If you are familiar with San Francisco, do you have a favorite hangout?
DR: Kayo Books on Post Street has an unbelievable selection of vintage pulp paperbacks, and I need to stock up!
TT: What’s your favorite typeface and why?
DR: I definitely don’t have ONE favorite, but I usually have a shortlist of them that slowly changes. I’m thinking a lot about eccentric san serifs from the 19th century lately (such as the various sources for families like Monotype Grotesque), since I’m interested in alternatives to smoothly graded type superfamilies.
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