Font Designer – Carl Crossgrove

Carl Crossgrove

Interview with Carl Crossgrove

How did you fall in love with type design?
I learned to read at a very young age, and I became fascinated by handwriting, letterforms, calligraphy and typefaces. Type design is a natural outgrowth of that fascination for me.

How many typefaces have you developed until now?
Original retail: six. Revivals and collaborations retail: nine. Custom: numerous.

Is type design what you are mainly doing? What is your profession aside from type design?
Full-time type design.

What inspired you to design this typeface?
Many things including furniture, eyeglasses, the superellipse, figure-ground studies, mid-century modernism.

Biome attempts to blend futurism with humanism or biomorphism ...

Are you influenced by other typefaces by the design of your typeface?
Yes. There are many other types that attempt to convey futurism. I felt that they were mostly too modular and mechanical. Biome attempts to blend futurism with humanism or biomorphism.

What techniques did you use creating your font and what was the process for creating the design?
Many many drawings, many digitized experiments, more drawings, more revisions, several cycles of proofing and re-drawing.

What was the greatest challenge you faced while creating your typeface?
Combining all the diverse concepts and influences into a functional typeface!

Please describe the look and feel of your typeface.
A superelliptical, soft, retro-futuristic sans family with open aperture and simplified structure.

The whole family is spaced much looser than typical “futuristic” typefaces‚ and the design is refined enough for use in text sizes ...

Are there aspects of the design that you think should be highlighted, or you particularly want the graphic design community to know about your typeface?
The whole family is spaced much looser than typical „futuristic“ typefaces, and the design is refined enough for use in text sizes. It can serve a much wider range of purposes than the typical „futuristic“ typeface.

For what applications would you recommend your typeface (posters, text, newspapers, advertisements, etc.)?
Branding, product packaging, logos, advertising, web text, movie titles, gaming, lifestyle products.

What are the unique details from which you think they distinguish your typeface?
Soft corners, abstract shapes, mechanistic and organic traits combined.

Biome also connects with the mechanistic and organic aspects of modern life ...

What was the reason for you to give the typeface its name and what is the meaning?
I considered a lot of funny, retro-sounding nonsense words, similar to the fabricated names of synthetic fibers, pharmaceuticals and plastics. Biome is an existing word meaning „Ecosystem“, which is only becoming more understood. Biome also connects with the mechanistic and organic aspects of modern life.
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