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There’s not a lot to say. My name is Radek Lukasiewic… read more
There’s not a lot to say. My name is Radek Lukasiewicz and I am from Poland. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Graphic Arts. In the meantime, I also fell in love with typeface design.
What is your favorite tool?
Pen, paper, knife and computer—but I’m not sure about that order.
What are some of your favorite artworks and design pieces?
It’s hard to name just one, but I like all work that is a consequence of exploring new technology and tools. I would also name designers Nicolas Jenson, Roger Excoffon, and Jose Mendoza y Almeida. When it’s comes to art, I really like the work of Piet Mondrian, Ilya Bolotowsky, Frank Stella, and Sol Lewitt.
Aesthetically, which styles, forms, or colors do you hate?
I hate everything that is average, transparent, or characterless. I would prefer to do something that really engages a few people rather than creating a design that is viewed as “just acceptable” by the masses.
What are your ideal working conditions?
I like to work alone with a bit of time and plenty of materials set aside.
What if there was no typography or design on earth. What would you do then?
That’s a tricky one because a world without letters would like be shaped in a much different way. I would probably be more into art—or interested in whatever the substitute for letters was.
What were your goals when designing Chorda?
The very basic idea was to create something like Jenson Slab; Chorda’s design evolved on its own along the way.
Are there any historic precedents that Chorda references or was its design led by your intuition?
In the end, some elements of Chorda reference typefaces such as Jenson, but it’s a very loose association. I wanted to create my own concept and system behind the shapes.
How did you decide on the name Chorda?
Chorda means string in latin. There’s not too much of philosophy behind—somehow, it just fits.
Functionally, what do you envision for Chorda?
Chorda has this historical flavor: each letter has a distinct character, and this is good when you need to add a little emphasis to a text setting. But that’s just what it is for me—I look forward to seeing how others choose to use it.
What drives you to design fonts? Are fonts like Chorda intended for specific projects and clients, or are you motivated by the prospect of a new challenge?
In general, I design fonts for fun. It’s a bit like computer game, but one in which that you end up with a useful tool. It is also a good exercise in dealing with technical problems and workshopping a visual language.