Creators: Chank Diesel
1) What have you been making lately?
Chank: Mostly custom fonts for embedding in new video games and other apps. And updating my old fonts to look better on the web. And I just finished about ten paintings & a big public art mural, working on the next one now. So as per usual I’ve been making fonts and paintings lately.
2) What’s your favorite and/or newest tool that you use for work?
My favorite tool for fontmaking right now is a pencil! Sometimes I feel like I could take over the world with a pencil and a ream of paper. I like sketching things and refinining, detailing, erasing. I like erasers a lot!
I’ve been painting with some cool new aerosol acrylics from a company called Montana. The pigments are real rich, the coverage is great and the colors you get to choose from are delightful. Artist-grade spray paint, such a treat.
3) What’s your favorite and/or newest tool that you use for fun?
I’ve been riding my bike a ton lately. Minneapolis is a great city to ride a bike in. I like that my bicycle doesn’t need any gas, it always starts and never breaks. I bought from a friend ten years ago for $100. It is a good bike, a 15-speed Marin.
4) What’s something great you’ve read lately?
Just finished the new Malcolm Gladwell book, “What the Dog Saw.” I think Gladwell is so smart, I’d read anything he writes. I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s blog a lot, I like his sentiment. Oh and sixwordstoryeveryday.com is always a favorite because they are such good, concise, typographic stories daily.
5) Who should I interview for this series?
How about Mike Doughty maybe? He’s in Brooklyn, @Mike_Doughty_ on Twitter. He’s a musician and a poet, but I bet he’s got a gadget or two that he likes. He’s working on drawing a font for me to make for him.
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