I always though the idea of the “design manifesto” was self-righteous. Now here I am writing what amounts to a design manifesto so I guess that might not be the best way to look at them. Anyway, here’s what JTD is about.
Ever since I was young, I loved the idea of DIY. I remember learning about how my heros (like Ian MacKaye, Mike Watt and the guys from SST Records) were able to create amazing things from nothing; they created not just their own work but their own culture, infrastructure, and foundation on which it all stood (and still stands). I was amazed by their work and their work ethic and I decided I wanted to do that.
I want to work as hard as I can and make as much as I can and make it the best it can be. I want to work with great people who really care about what they make and for whom it’s made.
Over the course of the past two decades, I’ve made clothes, type, identities, music, musical instruments, albums, websites, car parts, furniture, (re)made cars. I spent several years apprenticing as a bespoke tailor. After which, I ran an auto upholstery shop for a while. In 2009, I became actively involved in both graphic and type design. I graduated with honors from The State University of New York Fredonia with a BFA in Graphic Design.
My type history
Along with designing and releasing retail and custom type under the name JTD, I also design type at Samarskaya & Partners. In the past, I have been found at both P22 Type Foundry and Hamilton Wood Type Foundry. I am available for both graphic and type design and would be more than happy to work with you.
Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2012 Chosen and reviewed by Dan Reynolds.
I Love Typography article in which I write about the creation of Essonnes.