The Future of Type

12 Questions with Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb of Dinamo

Interview by Nadia Haile • Photo Contributed by Dinamo

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Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb.

Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb.

Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb of Dinamo discuss type design and a few of their favorites.

Favorite color:

Johannes: White

Fabian: Black

Favorite type designer: Our favorite type designers are usually changing a bit over time, but maybe Susan Kare is our all-time favorite.

Do you have a type design philosophy or unique ideas about what a typeface must do?: It should help the reader to understand messages.

What is the future of type design?: Voice Design, probably!

Favorite album you’ve been listening to: We went to see Kodak Black playing here in LA, so his records are on heavy rotation these days.

Favorite album cover design: Yellow Submarine by The Beatles.

Favorite book or book you’ve read recently: Johannes currently reads Bret Easton Ellis, Fabian Freakonomics.

Favorite book design or designer: We really love the self-driving BMW book by Stefan Sagmeister.

Favorite movie or movie you’ve seen recently: Johannes just saw The Sisters Brothers, Fabian still has to see it.

Favorite movie poster design: We always love when they don’t use Trajan.

Something people may not know about you: That we’re very talented karaoke singers as well.

Words of wisdom: Don’t trust the answer above.

Dinamo is a Swiss type design agency offering retail and bespoke typefaces, design software, research, and consultancy. Dinamo has spaces in Basel and Berlin, and satellite members in several more locations. Members of Dinamo are visiting teachers to various art academies and have been invited for workshops and lectures by educational institutions internationally.

In 2017, Dinamo was awarded the Swiss Design Award by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. This past year, Johannes Breyer and Fabian Harb were invited to be and are now members of the AGI.