I just started. Do you have any tips for me?
Four years ago I was full of ideas and ambition, but now I’m stuck. What should I do?
I wanna be a type designer too. What skills do I need?
I want to learn more about making type. What should I do?
I’m a poor student. Can I get your fonts for free?
What is Underware’s Educational License Agreement?
Dudes, what’s your motto?
You rock! I definitely want to do my internship at Underware
So you’re only three people?
Who does what at Underware?
Which books should I read to know more about type?
What do you think about illegal fonts?
Can I remix your font?
When is a project finished at Underware?
Can you explain the differences between the 3 italics of Auto?
Aha, now it’s getting interesting! Remembering our eduction we had at the Royal Academy of Arts in Den Haag, you could say there is only a difference between ‘italic’ and ‘cursive’. We described that in our type-basics. The difference between ‘italic’ and ‘cursive’ is the difference between function and construction. A cursive typeface only tells you something about the construction. It means that the typeface has an uninterrupted, continuous stroke. A cursive typeface still can have any angle, which means it can also be upright.

An ‘italic’ typeface however, tells you something about the function it has within a type family. It means there is a roman typeface, and this ‘italic’ is meant to stress and highlight pieces of text within roman text. But it can still have any shape, any design, interrupted as well as continuous strokes. Anything could basically work as an italic, also a cursive typeface. But an italic is not always a real cursive.

With Auto we created three different italics to explore linguistic possibilities. What happens for example if you design a theatre play, and you’ve got different actors with different voices? How do you graphically represent those? Do you always needs to use several font families for this, or can this be solved within 1 family? Or how do you represent a quote within a quote? Usually designers switch back to roman text within italic text, but wouldn’t it be possible to have an italic text within an italic text which still works as a separate italic text? Questions like these were the starting point for researching and creating the 3 different italics.
What is your future plan regarding type design?
What makes a typeface a classic?