With over a dozen of his typefaces available on Fonts.com, Carl Crossgrove crafts intelligent designs which possess decidedly unique – as well as varied – personalities. His recently released Biome typeface family, which Carl describes as “both futuristic and organic, with a sense of calm,” is available in 46 varieties and is quickly rising on the Fonts.com New Best Sellers List.
Carl recently shared with us insight into his design practice:
Favorite text on typography or design
Fine Print On Type
Favorite era of design history
Pursuits outside of type design
Architecture, gardening, industrial design.
Shortest time a typeface has taken to design
Longest a typeface has taken to design
Habitually challenging glyph to design
Ampersand. But it’s also a lot of fun.
Your typeface families that pair especially well
Mundo and Beorcana.
Favorite examples of your typefaces in use
Mundo used in Swedish Gourmet magazine;
Reliq carved into pumpkins for a music event.
Common personality of your typefaces
There is always a pen-written influence.
Aspiring type designers should possess
Infinite patience, limitless attention to detail.
Endeavors which hone type design skills
Figure drawing, multilingual literacy, other industrial design – especially automotive.
Most underrated letterform/glyph
h. Sits right next to g, who gets all the attention. But h does so many jobs, and so well! Sometimes they collaborate, as in ghost.
Most egregious typographic error in common practice today
Non-proportional scaling to solve a design problem.