Interviews with figures from pop culture: fashion, film, art, music. Thank you for this interview and article. Looking back is for everybody else.”, “Failure is just something you have to go through on your own. To find a home for your book check out our who's-who guide to Christian publishers. Things may be better by now but I have not been interested. Erik is the designer behind many global brands and publications such as Audi, Bosch and The Economist. Episode 1. They have more tradition and variety although Berlin has higher technical standards. You want that note from a string so you tune it until it almost breaks – but then you get that note. If you establish a good template and perhaps even pick just one typeface that works for whatever type of books you publish, you can just flow your manuscript into it and get 80% quality. It’s hard to hear “no” all the time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy. It doesn’t take any longer to pick the right typeface and try it out than it does to pick the wrong one. It’s like great packaging, but when you open it, the food inside looks brown and boring. There is luck behind me, there’s luck in front of me, there’s luck ahead of me. I just let my intuition go in situations of fear. It may still be nourishing, but my appetite is gone. It doesn’t look very refined, but I find it pleasant to read. So you just keep going while you can, doing what you like.”, “I really lacked confidence at the very beginning. I understand that in creating the 'best' books, the process is not just an instruction to 'Typeset this text', but it can involve continued editing with wording changes made after preliminary typesetting in order to to remove distracting white spaces. You are like, “I can’t believe I was worried about this other thing,” when you see what really matters.”, “I don’t like plan Bs. Each action has a reaction. Yeah. You can’t say then, “Well, I’ll go through it two years from now. I chose to do things that I embrace, that I feel passionate about for whatever reason and I create my freedom around that.”, “It’s hard to watch the misses, it’s hard to be criticized. In the beginning you're very much involved in finding your voice and locating yourself artistically. When you have these hardships or when you see someone you love in pain or you struggle, all the petty shit goes away. Stop Stealing Sheep and find out how type works. That’s it, I can’t lie; it is what it is, unabashed, naked. What little I’ve seen made me despair. But I can learn from those mistakes and grow. Erik is a world-famous art historian, typographer, designer and author who says he is “suffering from typomania: a sickness that is incurable but not lethal.”. Can’t wait to share your children's book with the world? One morning, the Gendarmenmarkt looked like an engraving from 1750: you saw the two churches, the French and the German Dome, and there was only one person in the middle. By continuing to use our website you are agreeing to our use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy. It’s like when you are riding a horse and you want it to go to the left, you look to the left first and then pull the horse’s head. The same with everything else: politics you don’t like, products you don’t like, people you don’t like, you just swipe them away. Go for it.’ And that’s what I am thinking.”, “Life is confounding and who knows what’s around the next corner. London. Time is something that changes every moment, it’s never repetitive — I try to follow this example.”, “We're not having to run from predatory animals like we did for hundreds of thousands of years before. I live from my heart. Mr. Spiekermann, as the designer for some of our most valuable information systems, road networks and transport communications, what sort of things catch your eye on the streets of Berlin? Follow the things that you are intensely passionate about. What about indie authors? The Berlin-based creator designed the famous classical font FF Meta and is the author of various typography literature. But in many ways uncertainty can be exhilarating—there’s a lot of freedom in it. Over 500,000 authors trust the professionals on Reedsy, come meet them. Nothing can prepare you for it, just like a broken heart. Does a good concept still hold as much weight these days? I had the feeling that I was connected to the city again. Ana Bogdan The Talks. And it doesn’t matter if somebody’s going to pay me or pat me on the back for it. I have no idea about indie authors, but most authors are their own worst enemies when it comes to designing their books. Look at all the people you could have worked with, the roles you could have done. But you’re always trying to hit it into the rafters, and damn the consequences if you don’t make it.”, “I have a moral standard of my own. Want to know how to get a book deal? (Laughs) That’s one reason why I like riding a bike, so I'm a little above the cars and can actually see the streets. ... Name: Erik Spiekermann DOB: 30 May 1947 Place of birth: Stadthagen, Germany Occupation: Graphic designer, typographer. Well, if you look at the Berlin transport map now, there's five parallel lines going from the Westkreuz in the far west, all the way to Ostkreuz, in the far east. I think in a way you sort of can’t help sounding like yourself. Are some publishers better than others at publishing nicely designed books? I think it’s really important to not be afraid of failure and to push yourself to try things and jump in the cold water.”, “I would say that a strong work ethic is a vital ingredient for success. Name: Erik SpiekermannDOB: 30 May 1947Place of birth: Stadthagen, GermanyOccupation: Graphic designer, typographer. And I use that stamina now as an actress because it’s normally quite uncomfortable to make films.”, “When you’re young so many things happen and it’s really hard, but you have to fight. You can’t build something like that to last 30 years. You’ve successfully designed brand identities for companies like Audi, The Economist, and Bosch. Sometimes to get what you want you need to have a really strong past to make sure that you become a warrior and you are not scared about anything and you fight through the night.”, “I can’t make people happy if I’m not happy myself. Guest Author-16.07.2019. If I ever self-publish I hope I will team with a truly professional typographer and designer. Why can't we learn? People are more eager to buy well designed books - I love and seek out those published by the Folio Society. It may be more difficult because the engineers always pretend that nobody can get past their technical constraints. I thought about folding, but I’m not a quitter. You become content. Yes, you look forward to walking mountain tracks much more if you have comfortable boots, and likewise people are more eager to read a book if it is well designed and constructed with binding style and paper thickness chosen to match the format and page size so that pages stay flat when opened. But it needs an update. Are there e-reader settings you believe enhance the reader experience? And then, the main thing that I give myself most credit for, was making everything yellow, which of course became the Berlin color. Yes, some take more care. Interview: Hadrien Monloup, Product Designer Erik Spiekermann is a type designer, typographer, information designer, author, businessman, and legend in the design community. There are too many things to do. That’s not happiness.”, “You better make every moment count. Fashion changes, materials change, but a good concept will survive forever. The whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God. Which e-reader has the best typefaces? I wanted to do nothing less than that. Yes, but the same one as always. If it hadn’t been for WWII with its interruption and subsequent definition of German culture and intellectual life, it would be ahead. Rolex is proud to support The Talks as they continue to feature inspirational conversations with the creative icons of our time. 28 minutes ‘The Big Interview’ is Monocle’s bold new series of in-depth interviews with inspirational names from global politics, business, culture and design. Blog I think every citizen of every kind of society has to dream. My job as a designer is to take information and translate it to the user. I am the author and the designer and deliver a complete ready-to-print pdf anyway. And then you mature at 50 and you're given your first projects.”, “There is a thing called discipline. The Christian publishing scene is vibrant, diverse, and BIG! It freed me.”, “I just keep imagining myself thirty years from now thinking, ‘Why didn’t you take advantage of all the opportunities you had? We've worked with hundreds of first-time authors, and we're here to break down the process for you. I've never been on Tinder, but everybody says that what you don't like, you just swipe away. Followed by over 300,000 people on Twitter, he is frequently asked to contribute to books and magazines on a range of topics from visual language to bicycles (he owns 13 of them). You’re not supposed to be happy all the time. If you want to design something timeless, you have to make it so boring that it’s also going to be boring in 20 years time. Failure kind of comes in all sorts of ways, and teaches you all sorts of things. It literally is all judged through a piece of glass. Do typographers and book interior designers have a new role with the progressive switch to ebooks? But even with BVG, for instance, everybody wanted logos first, but for me, it was a color and a typeface that defined the project. And it gave me mostly a great time.”, “For me it’s a lot about physicality, about how I feel. It’s about challenging yourself and pushing yourself, you know?