Paul Barnes London United Kingdom – I Used to Be a Design Student

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Paul Barnes

PROFESSIONAL YEARS

19

A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL

Curiosity + Curiosity and patience

FAVOURITE FOOD NOW

Sushi and home-made bread

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW

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YEAR OF PROJECT

1997–2010

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF

Self-initiated typeface design (Dala Floda)

CLIENT

Self-initiated

COLLABORATOR(S)

Commercial Type (Christian Schwartz and Berton Hasebe)

TECHNOLOGY

Apple Macintosh, Illustrator, Fontographer and Fontlab software

TIME SPENT

13 years on and off

TYPEFACE

It is a font – Dala Floda

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

Having an idea and taking it to its conclusion and doing it to the best of one’s level of craft.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

The length of time it took to design.

OUTCOMES

Finally learning and understanding how to make a typeface from an idea.

FEEDBACK

It seemed to be well received.

DO YOU TEACH?

No

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?

I think if we accept that design is in part technical or craft, then it’s possible to teach people the craft and technics of design. The problem is how we teach the ‘creative’ part of design. That seems to be more elusive. I think also that the history of design is also teachable, and probably in my opinion a vital thing for design education. Certainly at the University of Reading, I learned the technical, craft and historical aspects of typography.