Meet Mattox Shuler


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Name: Mattox Shuler
Occupation: Typeface Designer
Alma mater: University of Georgia
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Social Media:  Twitter | Dribble | MyFonts | Hold Fast Foundry

What do you do? I sell fonts. I started out making free fonts. After awhile, one of them got some good traction (Moonshiner). From there, I decided to develop it into a professional typeface (which can come out to be about 250 glyphs.) I reached out to MyFonts and they were able to give back great feedback and tips. I fixed it up, submitted it, and started selling typefaces. Initially, I didn’t plan to get into this full-time, but once I started selling them I was making more money than my 9-5 job. I started focusing my time on designing, released more typefaces, and eventually left my job to pursue this.

How did you get into type design? I’ve always designed as a hobby. I was never really sure it was something I could make a living off of. So I studied marketing and kept design as background work.

Any advice for those of us in a creative field?
What I’m noticing today is that more and more businesses are recognizing the importance of design. The need for designers is growing and I think you should stick with it.

How do you design your typefaces? In the past I’ve done graphic and web design. I was in-house at a firm in Seattle. I got under people whom I respected and  gained invaluable experience. I was always surrounded by type, for articles and illustration. I’ve always loved typefaces, I used to ask for gift cards to MyFonts (haha). I got into it by seeing other designers, following some on Dribbble – where they were graphic designers putting out typefaces. I wondered what it would be like and downloaded Glyphs. Glyphs actually has some blog posts and tutorials which have been super helpful for me.

Why co-working? I was working from the house and had loved the in-house model. You get to work around people and are apart of a team. I was a lot more productive when I started working from home, but then it became hard to separate home from work. The community is great, I can run some things by another designer and get feedback. Having other people around to talk and hash out things is great.

Designing Type
Notes on Type Design
So you want to create a font
Creative BBQ

Note: This is just an excerpt from my interview with Mattox. If you have any questions, are a fresh design graduate, or are an aspiring type designer (like myself), feel free to contact me at – I’d love to share what I learned.

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