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Alec Tear on the design process of his 36 Days of Type series

Alec Tear on the design process of his 36 Days of Type series

How did you get started with lettering?

I’ve always been fascinated by typography and lettering art, but it wasn’t until a couple of years into my previous job at the design agency Jones Knowles Ritchie that I started to create my own.

As young designers we were encouraged to follow our creative passions; mine was type – of course – and I was lucky enough to get some invaluable mentorship by Bob Celiz & Ian Ritchie who were both very experienced and inspiring typographers at JKR. From here, I set up my Instagram account and, a couple of years after that, I was getting...


Daan Rietbergen on creating Nespor and the importance of typographic systems

Daan Rietbergen on creating Nespor and the importance of typographic systems

Tell us about your journey from working at Studio Dumbar to working as a freelance designer

After graduating in 2014 I started working at Studio Dumbar as a visual designer. At Studio Dumbar I developed the love for grids and systems as a base for designing visual identities. It is a great place to develop yourself and everyone's qualities are optimally used.

After 5 years I really felt the need to work more on my own initiated projects, my typographic systems. I come up...


Alycia Rainaud on becoming an independent director and how psychology has influenced her creative journey

Alycia Rainaud on becoming an independent director and how psychology has influenced her creative journey

Tell us about your transition from studying Graphic Design to becoming an independent director

I’m really grateful to say that things flowed quite naturally. Being active in the online graphic design community has always been something I was interested in, even as a student. I feel like trying and sharing my work out there at such early stages of my journey had a huge impact on where I’m at today.

Now, of course, sharing your work with strangers online can be intimidating because we all fear judgment at some point, especially as a young designer. But finding enough strength and...


Nubia Navarro on taking risks inside the design process

Nubia Navarro on taking risks inside the design process

How did you get started designing type?

My first steps into typography come from calligraphy and also foodtype. When I was at the university I always liked to make infographics and graphic pieces with big amounts of typography / titles and stuff. After that I started doing lettering as a daily routine and day by day I started to make it part of my life, almost like a relaxing ritual.

My design process varies depending on the project. Most of the time my favourite part is when I have a clear path or concept where I can start making...


Harriet Richardson on staying creative during a pandemic and using design to tackle important issues

Harriet Richardson on staying creative during a pandemic and using design to tackle important issues

Tell us about your journey to becoming a graphic designer at Pentagram

I was born to two graphic designers so there wasn’t much hope of me becoming anything else. Thanks to my parents I had a creative upbringing and even attended the same Graphic Communications course at the University of Central Lancashire as they had done 30 years before. After graduating in 2017, I worked for a year at Turner Duckworth before an opportunity to join Pentagram arose. 

Although I always admired Pentagram's work, I...