Erin Beckloff. We Have Some Questions.

February 1, 2013
Helen Armstrong

Name? Erin Beckloff

Role at Miami? Instructor of Graphic Design and manager of Curmudgeon Press

Favorite typeface? Antique Tuscan No. 11 (wood type), Archer, Univers, Optima (esp. in metal type)

I became a designer because…. I always loved combining type + images and crooked pictures on the wall drove me crazy. I wanted to create visual order and play with letters all day.

Secret skill? Used to play trombone and competitively tap dance, once did both at the same time for a talent contest (I didn’t win).

What is one thing that has changed in the field since you started out? The balance of print and interactive has shifted and at the same time, perhaps as a reaction to the digital revolution, the design world has embraced hand media: letterpress printing, sign painting, hand lettering, silkscreen, etc.

Favorite food? blackberry pie

If you could go back in time, what design era would you visit? Late 19th, early 20th century when letterpress printers, lithographers, engravers, type designers and all the craftsmen were incredibly specialized — to sit and talk to the leaders of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Designers you admire?
Matthew Carter: typographer
Louise Fili: logo, package, restaurant and book design
Jessica Hische: letterer and illustrator
Brad Vetter: designer and letterpress printer

Favorite blog (design or otherwise)?
Felt & Wire

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