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Q&A with Laura Meseguer

Letterer and type designer from Barcelona

I’m Laura Meseguer, I do custom lettering and type design, I am co-owner of Type-Ø-Tones.

How did you get started in custom lettering and typeface design, what is your background?

My background comes from graphic design, I got started as a self taught type designer at the time computers arrived to our desks and we discovered a complete new field to experiment with the creation of letterforms.

Where did you studied? Looking back, would you recommend your path for beginners in learning typography?

I was born in Barcelona and I got my degree in graphic design at Llotja at the Escola Superior de Disseny i Art. Many years later, in 2003-2004, I enrolled Type&Media at the KABK in The Hague, a full-time one year course specialized course in Type Design.

I’m also a teacher of lettering and type design and I always tell my students that they need to get into typography understanding that it’s the essential tool for graphic design, and related to type design that, they really need the desire to become type designers.

What are the books and weblogs about typography design helped you to improve your professional skills?

About books, many of them, I personally enjoy being a subscriber of Eye Magazine, that for me it’s like an enciclopedia of typography and graphic design.

About blogs in type, some more related to research and history like Shaw and Typefoundry and other more related to type design and resources for designers like Typographica, I love typography, and my last addition is Typewolf.

What is your ideal work environment? Do you work at design studio or prefer to mix a few activities? 

I work in a shared studio space with other designers including José Manuel Urós, my partner at Type-Ø-Tones, but not only, I also work with other designers in different disciplines: graphic, interiors and type.

Who are the designers and typographers, colleagues in Barcelona or outside you admire most?

Many of them but if I have to say one, I would mention my calligraphy teacher, Oriol Miró.