What does a typical working day look like?
VALERIO: The first two or three hours are spent trying to find the motivation not to go chill at the beach instead. This process involves a series of (not always effective) grounding techniques like in-shower meditation, guitar noodling and seagull-spotting, to name a few. On the days these work, I head to a cute shared office, 15 minutes away from mine, where I keep all the tools needed to get some type design work done (a good chair.) and attack the projects I’m currently working on.
I pride myself on not having a very tight schedule and relying more on my sense of priority, so I can end up reorganising my drawers for some hours on the day before a major deadline, because that’s the most pressing matter, as I’m sure you would agree. Once the important stuff is covered, the fun begins: a day can be all about sketching the same a 200 times, completing a character set with diacritics and currency symbols that will be used approximately 0,5 times in a commercial setting, or kerning and coding the contextual alternates required to make the word “Wallydraigle” look hella fine, just in case it’ll ever appear.
While it may seem like so, this is actually NOT sarcasm! I truly, fully enjoy these activities, so much so that a working day can easily become a working night: I have a strong passion for type, if only in the biblical meaning of the term.
In my experience, most type designers do.