Font Designer – Peter Becker

Peter Becker

Interview with Peter Becker

How did you fall in love with type design?
I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay between negative and positive forms, by elemental designing with black and white spaces. Writing fonts with pen and ink during my training as a graphic designer then led me straight to designing fonts.

How many typefaces have you developed until now?
A handful of simple display fonts for customers.

Is type design what you are mainly doing? What is your profession aside from type design?
I work exclusively as a lettering designer, creating logos in the field of packaging design.

What inspired you to design this typeface?
Well, Meroe wasn’t originally intended to be a complete font set. Initially, it was just drafts for a product name. But then all of a sudden, a small amount of text needed to be added in the same style as the logo. So I created a font from the existing lettering in order to control the interplay of the letters in the sentence. Ultimately, a different draft font was chosen, but I came up with the idea of expanding the existing letters to make a font set.

What techniques did you use creating your font and what was the process for creating the design?
For the hand-written text, I used a calligraphic pen that was rather dried out. By writing quickly on coarse-grained paper, the ink flow didn’t cover entirely, and this resulted in the open structure within the lines that characterises the font.

What was the greatest challenge you faced while creating your typeface?
Because it’s impossible to precisely control the form and size of the characters when writing by hand, many attempts were of course needed until an inherently consistent, functioning alphabet came about.

How would you describe the style of your font?
It’s simply my personal handwriting, written with a calligraphic pen. In terms of how it looks and the impression it conveys, I’d prefer to leave it up to the viewer to develop his or her own perceptions.

For what applications would you recommend your typeface (posters, text, newspapers, advertisements, etc.)?
For all textual creations with a personal character: letters, invitations, greeting cards, etc.

What was the reason for you to give the typeface its name and what is the meaning?
The font was named much in the way a random product comes about. I just “tripped over it” by chance and found the sound of the name to be a match for the font.

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