MY TYPE HISTORY
|July 2018||Majesty released|
|June 2018||Fluid released|
|April 2018||Verbatim released|
|March 2018||Banjax Notched released|
|March 2018||Torus Variations released|
|October 2017||Didonesque Ghost released|
|August 2017||Banjax released|
|June 2017||Carrig Pro released|
|April 2017||Torus released|
|March 2017||Meccanica released|
|January 2017||Didonesque released|
|November 2016||Now a full-time type designer|
|September 2016||Fnord released|
|June 2016||Woodford Bourne PRO released|
|February 2016||Eponymous released|
|January 2016||Pseudonym released|
|September 2015||Authorised foundry at Monotype|
|September 2015||Faded Grandeur completed|
|August 2015||Authorised foundry at MyFonts|
|June 2015||Authorised foundry at Fontspring|
|August 2015||Arundel released|
|August 2015||Woodford Bourne released|
|March 2015||Carrig Italic released|
|February 2015||Carrig Roman released|
|January 2015||Carrig Refined released|
|December 2014||Carrig Rough released|
|November 2014||Opened a Creative Market shop|
Hello and thank you for visiting my online home. I’m a type designer with a long history of graphic design, website design and development behind me.
My type design career began in 1998, although at the time I didn’t realise that was the case. I was designing a corporate identity and my chosen proposal featured a Trajan-esque typeface which I had hand drawn. For many years after I had a nagging thought that “there’s something about that type”. So, at the end of 2014, I found the inspiration to dig the original files out and create a complete font. People liked it and started buying it. From thereon I have continued to design typefaces and I am absolutely loving this new career.
If you would like a custom typeface designing, why not get in touch and let’s talk fonts?
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I left school in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, aged 15 with not much of a clue as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. I just knew it had to be something artistic, as that seemed to be my only real area of talent. I pursued a course at art college and trained to be a technical illustrator, this was my first opportunity to ‘play’ with typography via Letraset dry transfer lettering and crude, handmade type with Omnicrom. After two years’ training, I immediately gained employment at a technical graphics company in Coventry, England, where I was introduced to speccing type that was output via a Compugraphic system.
By 1993 I realised that there wasn’t much of a future in traditional technical illustration, so I invested in a basic Apple Macintosh and taught myself how to use Freehand, Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXPress. I transitioned into graphic design and gained some proficiency, gaining knowledge from books and those I worked with. By the end of 1995 I was offered an opportunity to take a position as an artworker/graphic designer at an agency in Dublin, Ireland.
I grabbed this opportunity, and relished this new career and lifestyle. After a year in Dublin, I took a senior design position at one of Ireland’s most creative agencies, based in Cork. I began to thrive as a passion for typography consumed me, however, personal circumstances changed in 1999 and I was suddenly faced with going it alone as a freelance designer – without any clients.
Somehow I managed to get myself and my family through the early years and made progress as a freelancer before going fully solo in 2008 – relying on my own clients and reputation as a graphic designer/website designer & developer. As a way of potentially supplementing my main income, I dipped my toe into the world of creating products for my fellow designers and inspiration came from the first typeface design that I had initially created in 1998. This was tidied up and released on Creative Market in December, 2014 as Carrig Rough. To my amazement people liked it enough to buy it and my type design career was born. At age 45, I finally discovered what I wanted to be when I grew up. I began to take on less graphic and website design commissions so that by November 2016 I was only working on my own type designs, although I do still design and build my own websites.
Here is a selective gallery from my graphic and website design portfolio (1995-2015).