In our day and age, it is rare to come across wild talent amalgamated with a designer, with utmost sincerity for their work. However, I think we have found that here, with Ben Gilchrist, a Graphic Designer, whose main field is Typography. We recently caught up with him and this is what he had to say to us.
What drew you to typography?
“To be completely honest, I have no idea where it came from. Typography was something that I was very interested in, even before I thought of design as a possible career. I decided to study Graphics. It kind of just developed into an obsession from there on.”
Who or what are your main influences?
“My main influence is definitely Swiss Style, but Anthony Burrill and Ben Eine also inspire me a lot. When designing, I try not to design like the people that influence me, as I think it’s important to try and achieve your own personal style in your work.”
Describe your work to us?
“The ultimate goal for my work is to stand out from the rest. Generally, styles become popular, as 2D design seems to be ‘in’ at the moment. I like to be a bit playful in my work, so generally, I will take the popular style, and find ways to twist it on its head a bit. If your work blends in with other people’s work, then I don’t think you’re doing your job correctly. Most of my projects are self-initiated, so it gives me the freedom to play around with things that I actually want to do. I hate being constricted with my work.”
What are your future goals?
A lot of my work aims to inspire. I do believe the best way for people to make progress, is to inspire other people. If in 20 years, I can honestly say to myself that I’ve inspired something/someone to become better, then my goals will be achieved. I’ve got a few projects that I’m developing at the moment, and am hopeful that they will become key in leading me to complete this goal
Last but not least, is there any advice you would like to give young aspiring designers?
“To borrow a phrase off Anthony Burrill: “Work hard and be nice to people. As long as you enjoy what you’re doing, keep doing it!””
If you would like to take a further look into Bens’ world, click on the link below.
Words: Kimaya Cabrina