Commercial Type is:
Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have collaborated since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award winning Guardian Egyptian. The company publishes retail fonts developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff, and outside collaborators, and also represents the two when they work together on typedesign projects.
Following the redesign of The Guardian, the team headed by Mark Porter, including Barnes and Schwartz, was awarded the coveted Black Pencil by the D&AD. The team was also nominated for the Design Museum's "Designer of the Year" prize. In September 2006, Barnes and Schwartz were named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 in Wallpaper*.
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Paul Barnes (born 1970) is a graphic designer specializing in the fields of lettering, typography, type design and publication design. Working for Roger Black in New York he was involved in redesigns of Newsweek, US and British Esquire and Foreign Affairs. He also art directed Esquire Gentleman and U&lc. He later became the art director of the music magazine Spin.
Since 1995 Barnes has lived and worked in London. He has formed a long term collaboration with Peter Saville, which has resulted in such diverse work as identities for Givenchy, ‘Original Modern’ for Manchester and numerous music based projects, including Gay Dad, New Order, Joy Division and Electronic. Independently he has created identities for luxury Italian shoe manufacturer, Gianvito Rossi and German publisher Schirmer Graf.
Barnes has also been an advisor and consultant on numerous publications, notably The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian and The Observer, GQ, Wallpaper*, Harper’s Bazaar and frieze. Whilst consultant to The Guardian he designed Guardian Egyptian with Christian Schwartz.
In 2007, The Guardian named Barnes as one of the 50 best designers in Britain.
For more information on Paul’s work outside Commercial Type, visit www.moderntypography.com
Christian Schwartz (born 1977) is a partner, with London-based designer Paul Barnes, in the type foundry Commercial Type. Schwartz is also principal of Schwartzco Inc., a New York-based type design and consultation firm. Schwartz has published fonts with many respected independent foundries and designed proprietary typefaces for corporations and publications worldwide.
Schwartz and Barnes began an ongoing collaboration in 2005 with their extensive typeface system for The Guardian, which lead to honors from the Design Museum and D&AD. The two have completed custom typefaces for clients including Esquire, the Empire State Building, The New York Times, and Condé Nast's business magazine Portfolio. Schwartz and Barnes have been named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 by Wallpaper*, and Schwartz was included in Time’s 2007 “Design 100”. In 2007, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot, given every four or five years by the Association Typographique Internationale to a designer under 35 who has made "an outstanding contribution to the field of type design". Schwartz’s work has also been honored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Type Director’s Club, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
For more information on Christian’s work outside Commercial Type, visit www.christianschwartz.com.
Monica Shane (born 1977) earned her JD from Widener University in 2003. After practicing law for 7 years, she decided to take a break to start a family and focus on her writing goals. She is currently an independent essayist and keeps everything organized for her colleagues at Commercial Type, where she enjoys bearing witness to the creative process of prestigious designers.
Mark Record (born 1978) graduated from Bethany College with a degree in Graphic Design. For his Senior Project he drew two typefaces, both of which he refuses to show to anyone at the office on the grounds that they're embarrassingly bad.
Instead of drawing, his talents have found a home on the technical side of fonts. He spent 11 years as the Font Bureau's resident Technical Gentleman, transitioning the library from Type 1 to OpenType to Web fonts, before joining Commercial Type in 2012.
Record lives in western Pennsylvania where he shares an office with his wife, toddler and dog.
Miguel Reyes (born 1984), originally from Puebla, Mexico, studied graphic design at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla before working as a type designer, graphic designer, and publication designer in Barcelona and Mexico City, then studied type design at CEGestalt, School of Design in Mexico City. He later attended the Type and Media Masters course at KABK in the Hague and began working with Commercial Type at the beginning of 2013. His work has been honored by the Latin American Biennial of Typography and by the Fine Press Book Association.
For for information on Miguel's work outside Commercial Type, visit fontaste.com.
Ross Milne (born 1985) works and lives in Vancouver, Canada where he studied at the Emily Carr University. After graduating with a degree in Communication Design (2007), he moved to the Hague, Netherlands where he pursued a postgraduate education in type design from the Type & Media masters course at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). Later travelling to San Francisco, he worked in a handful of boutique design offices before eventually returning to Vancouver in early 2009. Ross currently works as a contributing designer with Commercial Type while pursuing his own projects in graphic design and type design. His Type & Media thesis typeface, Foxtrot is under development and is planned for release by Typotheque in early 2010.
For more information on Ross's work, visit www. sincerelyross.com.
Susana Carvalho (b. 1979) holds a BA in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon. In 2004 she graduated from the Type and Media Masters course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). In 2005 she formed Atelier Carvalho Bernau with Kai Bernau, since then, the duo has worked in design of printed matter (mostly books), bespoke and retail typefaces, identity programs as well as in free interdisciplinary projects. She teaches graphic design at the Bachelor course at KABK.
For more information on Susana's work, visit www.carvalho-bernau.com.
Berton Hasebe (born 1982) moved from Hawaii to study and work in Los Angeles, obtaining a BA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005. In 2007 he moved to the Netherlands to study type design through the Type and Media Masters course at The Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (KABK). His typeface Alda, designed while attending Type and Media, was awarded the 2008 judges pick from the Type Directors Club in New York. In the same year Alda was also selected by the Tokyo Type Directors Club to be included in its annual publication. Berton has resided in New York since 2008, and he was a staff designer with Commercial Type from 2008 to 2013, when he left to start his own studio.
For more information on Berton’s work, visit www.bertonhasebe.com
Autobiography of Ilya Ruderman
My interest in type design rose gradually. It began from my first negative experiences. At that time Alexander Tarbeev became a teacher at Moscow State University of Print and with his help my interests got some new type skills. My passion grew and I decided to go to the Netherlands to attend the Type & Media course at the Royal Academy of Art (Koninklijke Academie Van Beeldende Kunsten) in The Hague. The brilliant Dutch type design school and traditions, my first own type project, and the high level of type technology, all can impress even any apathetic person. After coming back to Moscow I had some new commercial trials. The sans serif for Men's Health Russia, the new type for Yes magazine, the serif typeface for Best Life magazine, the sans serif type family for Big city magazine, and many other types for myself and my graphic design clients.
But also after coming back from Hague I started giving lectures, first by myself and later together with Valery Golyzhenkov. All these experiences also changed my attitude towards type design and helped to make a basic theoretical background for my practical experiences. Now I have become a curator of the Type & Typography course at the British Higher School of Art and Design and a freelance graphic designer.
Despite this long-time affection for type, I still cannot figure out for myself is this some kind of disease or vocation.
Kai Bernau (born 1978) studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany before relocating to the Netherlands, where he graduated with honors from the Design & Typography BA course of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague in 2005 with his critically acclaimed Neutral Typeface project. He continued at the KABK's Type and Media Master course where he graduated in 2006.
Together with his wife Susana Carvalho, they formed Atelier Carvalho Bernau, a practice that designs printed matter (mainly books), bespoke and retail typefaces, and identity programs.
Kai teaches type design in the Master in Art Direction program at ÉCAL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
For more information on Kai's work, visit www.carvalho-bernau.com.