Interview: Erik Spiekermann

In our last interview from OFFF 2011 in Barcelona we chat with type designer Erik Spiekermann about snot rags, brain surgery and remembering jokes.

For those of you who don’t know about Mr. Spiekermann… and I doubt there are many of you that don’t… here’s a quick biography.

Erik Spiekermann, born 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. Some of the typefaces he designed include FF Meta, FF MetaSerif, ITC Officina and many corporate typefaces.

He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. Projects included corporate design programmes for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing and way­finding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others.

In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and is now a partner in Edenspiekermann with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco. (Source: FontFont)

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