10 Questions featuring Libbie Bischoff

10 Questions featuring Libbie Bischoff

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Libbie Bischoff is a Minneapolis-based type designer who's just started her own foundry, Type du Nord. Her Passion to Paid project Save the Fucking World was one of my favorites. Can we say bossbabe? 

Here are her responses. 

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, I'm asking letterers and calligraphers I admire to share their thoughts on success, frustration, personal experiences, and more.

What's your name and where can we find you?

Libbie Bischoff, @libbiebischofflibbiebischoff.com

What's your lettering / calligraphy background?

I mostly do lettering and am currently attempting to learn calligraphy. I’ve been lettering consistently for about 3 years now. I also design fonts! 

When was the last time you surprised yourself?

I surprised myself recently when I was drawing with my ipad. It’s like everything clicked and my lettering has improved so much. There’s always something new to learn and things that can help you grow! 

What is your greatest frustration in the creative process?

Finding the time to dedicate to all the things I want to create. I love lettering and would love to do it all day, everyday but it’s hard to carve out time. I also like to do so many other crafts – I knit, sew, carve spoons, draw, dabble in photography and general DIY projects. So it’s very difficult for me to make time for all of them! I’m a maker by nature so as long as I make something for myself as often as possible, I’m happy. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Opening my own type foundry – Type Du Nord! Putting my first font out in the world was a nerve wracking experience. It’s a little scary knowing that there are people out there typing with a font I made! I also just finished knitting my first pair of socks and I am pretty proud of myself for that as well. 

Who are your favorite artists?

Martina FlorJessica HischeErik Marinovich and James T. Edmonson.

What is your motto?

Just go for it. You’ll never get to where you want to go if you never try. 

If you weren't a letterer/calligrapher, what would you be and why?

I think I would live in a cabin out in the woods and just live off the land. I daydream about it but my career is too dependent on having a robust network of people around me and technology for me to ever live off the grid. 

What's your ONE piece of advice to people starting out?

Don’t wait for perfection – you’ll be waiting a long time. 

Anything you’d like to add? 

I’m currently building up my own type foundry – Type Du Nord and I am looking for women, LGBTQ artists and POC to collab on some fonts! The type design world is severely lacking in diversity and I want to help people learn about font designing if it’s something they’re interested in! Reach out at hello@typedunord.com.

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