What advice would you give anyone thinking of publishing something themselves?
I am a Luddite and gravitate toward print, but digital is also a great mechanism to reach lots of people and keep your upfront costs down... so consider who your audience is, and the best channel (or format) to reach, connect with and engage those people. I think if it is something you're excited about there is a good chance others will be excited about it too. So I would strongly encourage anyone thinking about creating, sharing and publishing content to do it.
What’s the typography and lettering scene like in Australia at the moment?
It's amazing…I am constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and interest in type and lettering down under. We don't have the depth of typographic history down here, and there are still very few schools offering formal type education. But there is a huge amount of passion and talent down under (in both Australia and New Zealand)... And lots of that talent comes with tenacity, so we are seeing more and more events (like the Typism Conferences, which was the first national-scale event dedicated to type), and there are plenty of local workshops, exhibitions, lectures and regular type/lettering club meetups happening around the different states. We are still a small and niche part of the design scene, but we are totally gaining momentum.
Has publishing the journal opened up any doors?
Yes absolutely. I think people can see that I am genuinely keen to support community and champion the good work other creatives are doing. I believe in working in collaboration not opposition with my peers. So people are reaching out and sharing their work – which is fantastic – as it has enabled me to meet and discover lots of awesome people and projects, make new friends and find new collaborators.
What’s next for you? And what’s coming up in issue 5?
I am working on a book entitled Alphabet is Code which I am excited about. I crushed my right hand in one of my printing presses a few years ago and started drawing type with a pencil; pushing and pulling curves, scribbling letterforms, and manipulating typographic proportions as part of my rehabilitation. That lead to the opportunity to teach some workshops and I have been encouraged to publish the drawing exercises... so I am collecting them into a workbook at the moment which I intend to publish under the banner TYPOgraph.Press. I have also started curating content for vol 05 of TYPOgraph.Journal and have some exciting articles on grids, type design process, and speculative typography to draw from for that volume.