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While studying graphic design, I liked the idea of using the typefaces I drew in my own work. I appreciated the time and effort that went into making a typeface, and realizing how much experience is necessary motivated me to continue practicing.

Context is helpful when designing a typeface. I’ve always had an easier time starting a design when I can imagine how it could be used. I also try to differentiate between what I appreciate as a type designer vs. graphic designer. If a typeface is unique in its concept or formal quality to a point where I couldn’t imagine an application for it, I’d find it interesting as a type designer; however, I would have no use for it as a graphic designer.

Berton Hasebe.

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