by Mike Perry

Author Interview Series: Hand Job

When the book Hand Job came out there seemed to be a lot of excitement from designers. It’s a great big collection of some of the best hand drawn type design I’ve seen. There are some big names in this book like Stefan Sagmeister and Geoff McFetridge but also some amazing work from a lot of artists and designers I hadn’t hear of before. There’s a really awesome alphabet used to break up the chapters of artists alphabetically, designed by our friend Luke Ramsey (of Islands Fold) and A.J. Purdy. This collection was
assembled by Mike Perry, who does incredible hand drawn type himself. I thought it would be fun to talk to him a little about his work and what it was like doing this book–

I saw on your site you recently celebrated your design studio’s first year anniversary. Is it just you or do you have other designers working with you?

It is just me. I am not really sure why I say “studio” it feels funny.

How have you enjoyed your first year as your own company?

It has been amazing. And actually this January it will be 2 years!

What were some of your best projects?

So many have been awesome. The skate decks that I did with my friend Damien Correll were super fun. I have started doing books (for others) more regularly and they are amazing to do. I am about to finish my second book with Princeton Architectural Press that will be out next fall.

How did the book Hand Job come about?

I really just woke up one day and decided that I wanted to do a book. So I started emailing publishers until I got in. Then from there it was just a lot of talking and writing.

This is an amazing collection of work. Had you been tracking these artists for a while or did you have to do a lot of research to find them?

It was pretty easy to put this book together. It was really for the most part peers of mine that make great work.

What criteria did you use when selecting the designs for the book?

Just whatever I thought would work in the book.

How long did it take to get this book together? What it was like working with Princeton Architectural Press?

From start to finish this book took 2 years. Princeton was great to work with. Everyone there is really great. Its very small and feels like a little family.

I know you are hand drawn type’s biggest fan but you must like a few non-hand drawn typefaces. What are your favorites?

Uh there are so many. I am a big fan of Baskerville, Garamond, Bookman…

You have a new magazine and are working on some new books. Can you tell us a little about those and what we can expect to see from you next?

The magazine was something I started to just explore. The next issue of the Magazine is the swim suite edition. As for the book I am going to keep on the hush hush for a bit.

Thanks Mike. We look forward to your next book and seeing what other projects you’ll be working on in the upcoming year. For more of Mike’s work check out his site. You can purchase this book here.

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