TY BRADFORD

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I’m addicted to making things. My first regularly satisfying creations were music. Then photos and videos. Eventually graphic design. All of those led me to type design, which I truly fell in love with. Today I find myself lucky enough to work in many mediums, often, which is convenient since they converge so nicely.

I started to design fonts after years of brand identity work and web interfaces (yes, even Flash). Making letters from scratch is one of my favorite things to do. The closest analog equivalent of a website is maybe a book or at the very least a brochure. But you can take fonts offline, print custom words as big as a car, cut letters into metal, and carve a logotype into wood. Letters go everywhere, and I enjoy drawing them almost every day.

When I’m not designing type I work as one half of the team Relays (and my wife is the other half). We’ve made a home in upstate New York. Here’s a blog post about that. I run when I can, and record music as Adventureson. I try to return home to Maine at least once a year, while my family and friends hold down the fort there.

Now, 17 years into my professional career, I still find the creative process magical, even if the end product isn’t my best work. It’s taken me a while to learn it, but your latest creation probably isn’t going to be your greatest creation. I wish it were true, and it absolutely can be, but the only way to find out is to keep trying.

-Ty

TYLER FINCK HAS WORKED WITH GOOGLE, CHRONICLE BOOKS, NBC UNIVERSAL, AT&T, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, AND THE PLANETARY SOCIETY.

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