Throughout this 2014 year, designers have created for you specific wallpaper calendars, free to download and set in Typofonderie typefaces. Each month, it’s also a great opportunity to ask few questions to our monthly guest designer. For the month of October 2014, it’s Catherine Dixon who has chosen the Parisine, designed by Jean François Porchez. She answers to our questions.
Posters & book covers projects by Catherine Dixon.
Who are you?
Catherine Dixon. I was born, and still live, in London.
What inspires you?
I love going to exhibitions or gigs of friends; seeing work they have made, music they have written or performances given. It is just the best thing to have photographers, artists, playwrights, musicians and writers as friends. It takes me completely out of my world into completely new creative places. The buzz from that is just the best.
Your favorite typeface?
Pouchée alphabet 10-line No.6 – the alphabet with the farmyard scenes on it – just for it’s glorious exhuberance and eccentricity; day to day in the studio I wouldn’t know what to do without Matthew Carter’s Charter or Bold Monday’s Flex; the only typeface to have made it to the walls of my home is Laura Meseguer’s Magasin; and if I ever had a tattoo it would be a piece of punctuation from Philip Boydell’s Festival typeface.
Your favorite designer?
In terms of thinking about typography I have learned a lot from the writing and practice of Anthony Froshaug.
Within the contemporary design community I love the work of British graphic designers Richard Hollis and Fraser Muggeridge, Swiss book designer Jost Hochuli, and editorial designer Simon Esterson. And I really wouldn’t want a design world without Alan Kitching or David Pearson in it. All brilliant. And all lovely with it.
Name your favorite book?
If I had to rescue just one of my type books it would probably be Sutton & Bartram’s Atlas of typeforms – in the original 1968 format – for its very visual way of telling a history of type design. The letterforms and types are shown in the context for which they where created, reproduced (where possible at 100%) determining the unusually large page sizes. The form and narrative combine to make this a great piece of book design. I loved it when I knew nothing about type and I love it still.
Beyond type, I love Jon McGregor’s If nobody speaks of remarkable things. I love words. That is what underpins my love of typography. And this book is so rich in language. It is also about recognising the small joys of life – and there is something about the humility of that celebration I like very much.
Your favorite place in the world?
The Brazilian city of São Paulo, which I am very proud to say that I was able to call my home for an extraordinary year of my life. Described back in 2007 by the NY Times as possibly, ‘the ugliest, most dangerous city you’ll ever love’ the city certainly reinforces it’s place in my heart each time I visit.
What about downloading and installing this typographic desktop wallpaper that Catherine Dixon has crafted for you with the utmost attention for the month of October 2014? This free wallpaper is set in Parisine available at Typofonderie.
Download the wallpaper set in Parisine, 8000 × 5000 px.
→ A wallpaper calendar September 2014 featuring Ardoise
→ A wallpaper calendar August 2014 featuring Ambroise
→ A wallpaper calendar July 2014 featuring Costa -font
→ A wallpaper calendar June 2014 featuring Anisette
→ A wallpaper calendar May 2014 featuring Parisine Plus
→ A wallpaper calendar April 2014 featuring Mislab
→ A wallpaper calendar March 2014 featuring Ardoise
→ A wallpaper calendar February 2014 featuring Geneo
→ A wallpaper calendar January 2014 featuring Anisette Petite
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