66 episodes

We live in a world awash in typography - whether we realize it or not. From the road signs that lead us home to the phones in our pockets, typography is front and center in nearly every waking moment of our day. Come meet the people and hear the stories behind the letters that shape our world.

Creative Characters Monotype

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

We live in a world awash in typography - whether we realize it or not. From the road signs that lead us home to the phones in our pockets, typography is front and center in nearly every waking moment of our day. Come meet the people and hear the stories behind the letters that shape our world.

    Beyond Mexico ’68: Lance Wyman’s world of design.

    Beyond Mexico ’68: Lance Wyman’s world of design.

    Host Graham Sturt journeys into the life and work of famed graphic designer Lance Wyman. Renowned for his iconic Mexico 1968 Olympics identity, Wyman shares the story of how a one-way flight to Mexico City ultimately landed him a role on this influential design team.
    Wyman talks about other key moments in his career as well, like working on the Chrysler Pavilion at the '64-'65 New York World's Fair and creating a comprehensive wayfinding system for the Mexico City Metro.
    The conversation also covers Wyman’s thoughts on design philosophy, his inferiority complex around typography, and his knack for infusing local cultural elements into his designs. Take a deep dive into the mind of a design legend who continues to influence the field well into his eighties. 

    • 55 min
    Reinventing yourself at any age with Vic Lee.

    Reinventing yourself at any age with Vic Lee.

    Hear Monotype Creative Director Graham Sturt in conversation with Vic Lee, an artist, illustrator, and self-described “ragamuffin.”
    After years of doing graphic design work for agencies, Vic was ready for a change. So, he began sketching a streetscape from a little cafe in his London neighborhood — a practice that evolved into a popular local prints project and launched his career as a working artist.
    Murals may be what Vic is best known for, as he’s inked them for clients across the UK and internationally. Currently, he's painting a portrait a day, each inspired by a real person he’s seen out and about.
    If you need a bit of creative inspiration or are looking to reinvent your creative practice, this episode’s for you!

    • 52 min
    Petra Dočekalová on the influence of history in modern design.

    Petra Dočekalová on the influence of history in modern design.

    In this week's episode, first-time host Doug Wilson chats with Petra Dočekalová, a designer, educator, calligrapher, and sign painter from Prague, Czech Republic. They explore Petra's involvement in a book about Yaroslav Benda, a notable Czech designer known for his typography and calligraphy. Their conversation covers networking at events like TypeCon, the influence of Benda's style on Czech design, and the impact of his work. Petra also shares insights on her lettering, calligraphy, and type design work, along with her passion for teaching and knowledge sharing, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning and blending historical and modern design practices.

    • 48 min
    Live from SXSW: A branding masterclass with Dentsu, eBay, Neurons, and WeTransfer.

    Live from SXSW: A branding masterclass with Dentsu, eBay, Neurons, and WeTransfer.

    Each year, for over a week, the city of Austin, Texas erupts into a cacophony of life, music, film premieres, comedy showcases, interactive tech demonstrations, and world-class exhibitions for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW).
    This year, amongst the chaos, community, and creativity of the festival, we recorded our first-ever episode of the podcast on stage in front of a live audience. Monotype’s Bill Connolly gathered guests from different corners of the branding world and settled on stage in the balmy, Austin air to talk branding, design, and customer experience through each of their unique lenses.
    Tune in for a masterclass in branding that explores the visual elements and innovative technology driving how brands, advertising, and experiences influence our responses. Read more about the event here: monotype.com/resources/expertise/brandtalks-sxsw

    • 54 min
    Searching for signs of the British seaside with Justin Burns.

    Searching for signs of the British seaside with Justin Burns.

    For many of us, the sea holds a special place in our hearts — the sights, smells, sounds of long summer nights are etched into our minds.
    Join Monotype Creative Director Graham Sturt as he and guest Justin Burns, Head of the School of Arts at the University of Derby, explore the signage and typography of the English seaside and examine the linkage between letters, memories, and emotion.

    • 32 min
    Studying the subconscious superpowers of type trends across the globe.

    Studying the subconscious superpowers of type trends across the globe.

    How do cultural influences, historical contexts, and geopolitics influence design and typography? As part of the 2024 Type Trends report, we wanted to take a deeper look at how design is manifesting across the globe.
    This episode will take you on a journey from the bustling streets of New York City to the colorful neighborhoods of Santiago, the romantic avenues of Paris, and the vibrant restaurants of Kuala Lumpur.
    Tune in for insights, stories, and anecdotes from creative thought leaders shaping their local design scenes: Jolene Delisle, Founder & Creative Director of The Working Assembly; Belén La Rivera, Senior Brand Designer, and Alan Eaglehurst, Creative Director, at FutureBrand; Violaine Orsoni and Jérémy Schneider, Creative Partners at VJ Type and Violaine & Jeremy; and Joanne Chew, Founder of Fictionist Studio. 
    Want to learn more about type trends? Join our Type Trends 2024 webinar on March 21; register here.
    Heading to SXSW? Don't miss a live recording of this very podcast! Join us March 13 at 3pm; register here: mntype.co/sxsw
     

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

mvelasco07 ,

Highly recommend!

Creative Characters has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I’m consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

Mookstock ,

The Dawn of Adobe?

Just listened to the Draplin episode. This guys says that year 2000 was the “Dawn of Adobe”… These kids… please do some research before making bold statements. Designers over the age of 50 have been using Adobe products most likely since before you were born. Just because many universities had invested in other brands like Macromedia or Corel, doesn’t mean that professional designers were using those as well.

Justarandomlisteneronawalk ,

Cozy and creative podcast

Doesn’t matter if you have design experience or not, this podcast is just so fun and interesting to listen to. I really appreciate the variety of guests. Also, the hosts are hilarious.

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