Rhythm Remarks with Yanone

Today we bring you Rhythm Remarks – the first in a series of blog posts introducing you to some of the talented speakers on the roster for TYPO SF 2014 Rhythm.


First up is German based graphic artist and type designer Yanone. Yanone is the designer behind FF Kava or FF Amman Sans and FF Amman Serif, all available from FontShop.


TYPO Talks: How is rhythm reflected in your work?

Yanone: Making a dance music film for a typeface counts as something with rhythm in it, innit?

TT: How do you get into your creative rhythm?

Yanone: Taking time off and letting loose is my most important source of creativity. I had most of my best ideas form on festivals, far away from any work desk.

TT: What speakers are you most looking forward to meeting or hearing talk at TYPO SF?

Yanone: Having heard of almost none of the speakers before this is a tough one to answer. I’d love to hear Emory Douglas speak. I guess I’ll simply keep my mind open and meet these people.

TT: If you haven’t visited SF before, what are you most looking forward to experiencing? If you are familiar with San Francisco, do you have a favorite hangout?

Yanone: I’ve seen a bit of San Francisco during my visit to the first TYPO SF two years ago. Mission seemed very welcoming. This time I want to see more of California before the conference.



Yanone, born in 1982 in Dresden, East Germany, is a young graphic and type designer, multimedia artist, disc jockey and sound system operator currently residing in a commune just outside of Weimar in the heart of Germany. After spending nine years of his childhood and early youth in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, due to a his fathers' professorship at the capital’s university he returned to unified Germany to finish his secondary education. He commenced studies of Information Technology at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar in 2002 and switched to Visual Communications two years later. His seven university years also brought him to the design and branding office SYNTAX in Amman, Jordan and to FontShop International in Berlin. There he learned the technical skills necessary to produce high quality typefaces which cemented his ongoing development as a type designer and technician. He completed his studies in Weimar in 2009 with a rather extensive type design project, a Latin/Arabic typeface for Jordan’s capital Amman. In 2011 Yanone completed the Type & Media type design masters degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag where he tried to improve his calligraphy and type design skills. He is working freelance ever since. (Photo: Daniel Scholz)

TT: What’s your favorite typeface and why?

Yanone: DIN, because it’s the most undesigned typeface ever made — a concept that seems to be a contradiction in terms.


Register today to see Yanone and all of our inspirational speakers at TYPO San Francisco 2014.