Interviews & resources

After looking for branding information about the Royal Opera House for a bit today, I though I should share a few things with you.

First of all, the Royal Opera House has branding guidelines which are available to everyone via their branding page. This page also includes information about their brand values and other valuable information, including their logos in different formats.

Also notable, the Royal Opera House underwent a major branding change by SomeOne London. The studio has a page that describes this particular project. Also interesting is the Brand New section of, which explores the brand changes in more detail.

Finally, if anyone is interested in the source text that served as inspiration for La Bohème (Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger), it can be found as a free public domain book (in English) on the project Gutenberg website. If you have a look at this, please consider that Jim doesn’t want us to spend too much time on research and that the original novel only shares parts of its story with the opera. Reading the libretto and a synopsis might be more important before considering the source material.

See you all tomorrow,


Interview with one of my favourite type designers, Erik Spiekermann. He founded the type reseller FontShop and foundry FontFont. Those are the same companies we were watching a video about at college. There is some great stuff in there, like his prediction that print and web design are going to become the same — that sounds like great material for discussion!

You can find Spiekermann and Stocks on Twitter, as well as on the web here and here.

Website: FontShop, FontFont.

Hey – here’s a recent interview and a useful reference resource :

Exclusive interview with Fontsmith’s Fernando Mello (pictured below); image credit: offers many good resources which can be useful for your workbooks (click to view): The first book shown, ‘Lettering: A Reference Manual of Techniques’ is by Andy Haslam, my old typography tutor at CSM. I recently bought a copy of this and will give you some excerpts (what’s appropriate and recommended for academic use).

I’ll also speak to Jill in the library again about getting this and other books we’ve discussed in class ordered in as multiple copies to borrow. Another interview from that’s worth reading:

Emanuela Conidi has been working with Fontsmith for 3 years as a Type Designer and offers some unusual insights into her inspirations, influences and working process. Her interview is posted here.

And, last but not least: I want to be very clear about your workbook preparation for your assignments. At least one – and if specified next week, two – visual assignment(s)for each category of theoretical study will definitely be required. Here’s an example posted on typetoken for a visual typographic exercise to get you started: the phraseology project.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ll go over specifics in class. Discussions and dialogues are needed; not everything can be (or should be) posted online, J.