“No, I don't have a lot of heroes” he continues, “I'm influenced by everything I see, by walking, by architecture...” Distracted by an old man sitting by the side of the road, Knip gestures over approvingly, “look at that — disappearing life, just an old man living on a farm, just sits there all day, if a tile falls off the roof he puts another one on…”.
“I am a graphic designer but its good in life to have certain frustrations,” says Knip. “I wanted to become a singer, that's what I really like, but I'm not good enough. Here I insert my usual, now hackneyed, joke about graphic designers being failed pop stars.
René isn't just a graphic designer though, he specialises in three-dimensional typography — lettering, products and large-scale works with type in the environment. “I like graphic design to touch the real world,” explains Knip. “So it’s not flat on the screen — that’s also why I'm not so much into book design or magazine design because its another thing — that's when you need type to be accessible and simply 'done well', but sometimes in my work the type has a bigger role, a bigger stage to sit on”.