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Interview: Erik Spiekermann

In our last interview from OFFF 2011 in Barcelona we chat with type designer Erik Spiekermann about snot rags, brain surgery and remembering jokes.

For those of you who don’t know about Mr. Spiekermann… and I doubt there are many of you that don’t… here’s a quick biography.

Erik Spiekermann, born 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. Some of the typefaces he designed include FF Meta, FF MetaSerif, ITC Officina and many corporate typefaces.

He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. Projects included corporate design programmes for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing and way­finding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others.

In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and is now a partner in Edenspiekermann with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco. (Source: FontFont)

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    Gui Seiz
    19th Sep 2011
    11:05 am
  1. nice one G – it’s good to see someone not afraid of saying ‘fuck it’ and talking nonsense throughout an interview :) :)

    [last interview??]


  2. GlennGlenn
    19th Sep 2011
    1:54 pm
  3. Yes indeed! Such an easy person to interview :)

    This is the last interview in the OFFF Series. The Brosmind interview wasn’t shot at OFFF and represents where I would like us to take the FFF Interviews in the future. So it felt like we should release it as a start to a new series.


  4. Ben
    19th Sep 2011
    2:00 pm
  5. Love it! Very entertaining interview and he is such a character!


  6. Zoe
    19th Sep 2011
    11:37 pm
  7. F***ing Fabulous Fonts…Smart with a sense of humour. Love it! Thanks for sharing.


  8. AlexAlex
    20th Sep 2011
    12:28 am
  9. Just watched this – what a legend!! Was an absolute pleasure meeting him.


  10. Chris
    21st Sep 2011
    6:41 pm
  11. What song is that? Hearing that music while seeing Erik Speikerman did something awesome in my brain. I need to know that track!


  12. kathi
    22nd Sep 2011
    8:42 pm
  13. great person!

    and yeah need to know the name of the song, too. awesome!


  14. GlennGlenn
    23rd Sep 2011
    8:23 am
  15. Glad you guys like it! The song is Mornin’ by Star Slinger avaiable here – http://starslingeruk.bandcamp.com/track/mornin


  16. johnjohn
    23rd Sep 2011
    4:23 pm
  17. Legend, he was the highlight of OFFF


  18. DanielJHanke
    19th Oct 2011
    9:21 pm
  19. Grand person, typomaniac and obviously nice to interview :-)


  20. craig
    22nd Oct 2011
    4:57 pm
  21. Haha that was great! Very entertaining what a legend!


  22. Liam CreanLiam Crean
    22nd Oct 2011
    6:05 pm
  23. This is great. Top work Chaps.


  24. Lewis M
    28th Dec 2011
    4:43 pm
  25. I hate to say it but… you could at least have done Erik the service of using proper apostrophe marks instead of feet marks. You know he’d spot that straight away if he sees this!


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