Interview with a Typographer

While I attended school for Graphic Design I met quite a few unique characters with an array of design talents. Milton Rosado’s skills with typography always dazzled me. I was blown away to find out that not only did Milton draw his own letter forms but he vectored them to make them into digital fonts!

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Milton agreed to share some insight into his talent in the following interview:

1. Name: Milton Rosado

2. Age: 25 years old

3. Career Field: Graphic Design

4. School: USFSP Graphic Design Program Class of 2010

5. How did you become interested in typography? The film ‘Helvetica‘ by Gary Hustwit really started my interest in StarLite Sign design. In particular the scene with Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. I found them both very intelligent as well as creative. Two very good role models. My second influence would by a class I took at USF with Matt Normand as my instructor. It was a typography class and one assignment introduced me to type design. We went to Ft. Desoto and found materials to make pens out of. Prof. Normand’s guidance was very helpful to me.

6. What are the steps you take in your process to draw and create fonts? It all begins with a sketch. I like to use a 4B pencil on tracing paper. The tracing paper works great because it erases marks without leaving any ghost-lines. It is important to me to have a strong sketch scanned before I go into the computer. My perferred font editor is Fontographer 5.

7. What tools do you use? Pencil, ruler, eraser, scanner, Fontographer, and my eyes.

8. How long have you been creating fonts? I have been creating fonts on and off for about two or three years.

9. What is the most rewarding aspect / what is the most frustrating? The most rewarding aspect is the challenge of making an alphabet with equal color weight and rhythm. The most challenging aspect would be vectoring and getting perfectly smooth lines. When it’s wrong, it looks wrong until it’s just right.

10. How many fonts have you completed? I have three completed, a tuscan, a brushed, and an Oldstyle typeface. I use them for personal use and have not made them retail yet. That’s my next goal.

11. How much time do you spend per project? It takes me about two or three months of constant vectoring to get an upper and lowercase, numbers and punctuation down.

12. What would your dream project be? My dream project would be to contribute a custom corporate typeface to a branding project.

13. Why do you create fonts? I create fonts because of the unique challenges and rewards that come from creating letterforms.

14. Any advice or resources for other type-lovers? My advice for anyone who wants to explore letterforms should start learning calligraphy. Speedball kits are great for beginners, but Brause and Mitchell nibs are better quality. My other bit of advice would be to keep at it!

15. What are you working on next? Currently I am designing an uppercase bold, extended, shadowed typeface that I am hoping to turn into woodtype. It will be awesome.

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