Typography Tuesdays – Dominique Falla

Its Typography Tuesday again and we have had the chance to interview another talented artist: Dominique Falla. Dominique Falla is an Australian designer/artist who works in a variety of craft mediums and combines them with a digital aesthetic to make tactile typography pieces.

You can check out her work at her website here

 

  • How did you get into typography, and how long have you been doing it?
I studied as a graphic designer, so typography is always part of that training, but I didn’t really like to understand it at uni and it was only years later that I started to develop a love for it. It was when I started my PhD studies that I really started to develop an obsession for it. I have been focussing on typography exclusively since 2009.
  • What is your creative process & how do you come up with ideas?
I write “morning pages” every day, which are three pages of longhand, continuous stream of consciousness writing in an A4 notebook. I learnt this technique from Julia Cameron in her book the Artist’s Way and I have used it ever since. It always clears out my brain and I can ask my subconscious questions about  what I’m doing and that’s usually where the ideas come from. Or else I am inspired by the materials themselves.
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  • What equipment/software do you use to produce your work?
I draw the type by hand, vectorise it in Adobe Illustrator and then output it using analog techniques. I am experimenting with 3D software at the moment such as Solidworks. I would like to print 3D type.
  • What advice would you give to those wanting to get into typography?
Draw type. Every day. Get a notebook and carry it around with you.
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  • What inspires you, and who is your biggest inspiration?
My students always give me inspiration and motivation because they are so young and excited by everything, and I love the work of people like Maricor Maricar and Evelin Kasikov because they are trained graphic designers who use interesting materials to communicate, rather than digital solutions.
  • Having studied Graphic Design at university, how has this helped you in your work?
I studied graphic design, but my degree was pre-computer so there was a drawing and materials component to the course. I think university is best for supplying an exciting environment where you just want to make work. If I stay home I watch TV, so it’s good to have a reason to go somewhere and of course the deadlines and teachers get you motivated and help you push through creative blocks.

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