With passion for letters
Because as a typographer, you will need an enormous amount of patience, especially when you, like Jonathan does, works with ink and by hand. You can’t erase or delete, if you make a mistake or would like to change something, you’ll have to be creative and add or rearrange so the pattern will fit. Today, Jonathan works full-time as a graphic designer at an agency in Copenhagen and his expression is based on his passion for letters and fonts. Since he mainly works with packaging design and visual identities, he often gets an outlet for his passion, even if the job also means a lot of time by the computer.
– A lot of my work is digital, but I try to practice my handwriting skills every day, even if that means for 15 minutes or two hours. People wonder how I find time to do that, but for me it isn’t something I have to do, it’s more like meditation or relaxation. It started as a challenge for me, where my goal was to publish some work every day on my Instagram page, but a long the way I realized I actually felt better by doing it, says Jonathan.
It’s in the details
He finds his inspiration in the small details, it can be a nice A on a banana-sticker or a handsome S on a sign, that catches his attention. And as soon as something like that enters his mind, he has to get it down on paper and he immediately wants to draw. That’s also because creativity can be hard to find sometimes. Typography has existed since mankind started to communicate, and there are millions of different fonts and types of letters. To find your own style and niche in your handwork can therefore be hard. But since the passion is so enormous for Jonathan, every workday is like a dream come true.
– My work is a passion I have had since I was 12, and sometimes I forget how happy I am to be able to do what I do for a living. My motivation isn’t money or fame, it’s to express my self and keep developing my skills. It’s like being a professional soccer player, as many kids dream of, with the only difference being that I don’t have to quit when I’m 35, says Jonathan.
Almost every day Jonathan gets questions about what pen he uses, but according to his opinion, the paper is equally important, maybe even more significant sometimes. All the different surfaces a paper can have may not seem relevant, but it has a very big influence on the end result. The pen doesn’t matter if the paper is of bad quality.
– The most important thing with paper is that it has to be light and bleed-proof, which makes it very fragile, so I have to be careful. And the ink in the pen must be fast-dry, since I’m left-handed. But on the other hand, neither the tool nor the material matter if you don’t have the skills, all the work is still in your hand, says Jonathan.