Who is František Štorm ?
It’s me. Already 41 years parasiting on this planet.
You’re known as a specialist of revival typefaces ? Why this specialisation ?
Humanist and transitional typography belong to one of the peaks of development. Baroque typefaces are functional and beautiful in the same time. In my personal view there were no significant improvements from the end of 18th century up to present times.
You said once that “technology did a lot of bad things to type”. What’s your perspective on the computerization of the typography ?
I’m optimistic. Type technology is now in good hands of clever people such as Yarmola or Twardoch plus dozens of programmers scripting FontLab. If the same attitude had Adobe, we won…
You are a defender of the Czech traditional typographic culture. What are the key personnage of this culture ?
Some are presented on my site (Marek Pistora, Otakar Karlas, Vojtěch Preissig, Jan Solpera, Slavoboj Tusar and Josef Týfa).
When you decide to create your style of typeface, where do you find your inspiration ?
I‘m drinking lot of beer, having good time with bookdesigners, listening to their demands. Those are my two primary inspiration sources.
Which one of your creation do you prefer or do you think the most interesting ?
Always the one I’m working on in presence. Anselm is the name of multi-lingual sans-serif type system, an essence of my type experiences. Btw.: I hate my old fonts, and am very surprised how anybody can buy them. Look at Clichee or Tenebra, how trendy and cheap and decorative kitch they are, followed by Mramor (what a poser) and, for example, Regula, IdealGothic and many more. I would never use them.
A question coming from a western latin alphabet user… what are the specificities of Central European typefaces ?
We didn’t invent the diacritic marks. They all are ugly, no doubts, either western or eastern, disturbing lines of beautiful characters. But we must live with them and there is no other way than to make them viewable and legible. I’m collecting comments from eastern users who help me improving baltic, polish, serbian, etc…
Can tell us some words on the Czech contemporary typographic landscape ?
Yeah, you might know the name Tomas Brousil (Suitcase), my student. Then I would mention randomly Jan Cumlivski, Michal Smejkal or Jan Augusta, or simply go to www.typosemestr.cz, the website of my students, where you can see the future of Czech typography…