M Y S T O R Y
Cosmotypolitan thats what the magazine 'PAGE' called me in their article back in 1997. At that point, I had already lived in Zagreb, San Francisco and Berlin, and had my first "dirty dozen" of typefaces done. In fact, its one of the best nicknames Ive heard so far well, except maybe for Casanova. But thats another story ...
I've been working at Linotype Library since 1999 as the font technology specialist, in the 'Process and Quality Management' department. Some of my major tasks are: taking care of the font library, writing specifications, holding internal seminars on the subject of typography and font technologies, as well as managing the few customer complaints we get. ;-)
My interest in type and typography arose quite naturally after doing some logo designs for small companies in Zagreb. I had started my printing study at the GRAPHICS FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB and had a part time job at my uncles screen printery, printing mostly graphics, posters, aluminium plates, etc. Those were the days when photo typesetting was still the only way to go at least in Croatia. In order to be even more cost efficient, wed reuse the films, by cutting out all letters and saving them in shoe boxes. One could say we had our own "film cases". For a new poster, wed use these letters again for composition. It was a perfect way for learning hand setting spacing, kerning, leading, etc. only not the usual way.
At this printery I also worked on my first typeface. First I drew all upper and lower case letters and numerals on paper with a compass and ruler. Afterwards I used a cutter and cut out each letter from the transparency mask. I then used a camera and filmed each letter at a particular size. Unfortunately, we never used my typeface for anything :-(
From Zagreb, I moved to Berlin and continued my study at the INSTITUTE FOR PRINT TECHNOLOGIES AND PLANNING at the COLLEGE OF ARTS BERLIN (Institut für Technologie und Planung Druck, Hochschule der Künste Berlin). Here too, I worked at different printeries and design agencies and simultaneously expanded my type knowledge autodidactically by reading type literature, designing new typefaces (some 30 faces by now), layouting, visiting typography courses and participating in design and type contests.
I became more and more interested in digital type and type technologies. At the DRUPA 1995, Linotype was handing out CDs, introducing their GX fonts in conjunction with Apples GX Extension. I was amazed at the extended type features they offered to typographers. However, I quickly became disappointed in the lack of interest of software developers for this technology. Then Adobe introduced their MultipleMaster technology. Again, I was amazed at the zillions of possibilities these fonts offered. And again I became disappointed, hearing that Adobe would not continue to develop further MM-fonts. Nowadays, OpenType, being developed jointly by Microsoft and Adobe, is knocking at the doors of the type home. We'll see how "open" it's actually gonna get. Basically, most of the features provided by either MM or OT have been implemented already in the GX technology ...
O T H E R S A B O U T M E
PAGE - Magazine for digital design and media-production
»Kosmotypolit« – Article about my typographic work
invers - Magazine for digital typography, image-editing and computer publishing
J O B S
Linotype GmbH – font manufacturing company, Bad Homburg
15 Grad – digital printing company, Berlin
Fritzsch & Mackat – advertisement agency, Berlin
Schonert.Partner – communication agency, Berlin
Durchdruck – screen printing company, Berlin
Beidatz & Co. GmbH – letterpress, offset and gravure printing company, Berlin
V. & V. Straža – screen printing company, Zagreb