From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

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From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 by Extensis

Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you’ve heard–we love food. Pairing good food with good libations and surrounding it with good company is a surefire way to let the good times roll. Now: toss in good typography and you’re going to have to excuse us for a moment so we can go do our happy dance.

Because we’ve discovered how awesome it is to marry food, drink, and typography we have dedicated a mini series to the topic (our Instagram account is chock full, too). Check out where the first and second installations in our Food & Type series took us, but be sure to grab a fork and open Illustrator as we introduce you to the deliciously talented Chris Durso. Oh, and remember that project that turned the 50 states into clever food puns that went viral? Yeah, that was him.

From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

Because we know you probably already have Pinterest open in another tab, bounce over to our Fontspiration board to see some of our favorite type experiments, and after you get a screen full of tasty type and interesting foodies, flit on over to Twitter and add your two cents with #tastytype.

Q&A about delicious designerly combinations

Back to our man of the hour, Chris Durso. We caught up with graphic designer and curator of the mouth-watering site Foodiggity.com to ask him a few questions about the most delicious designerly combinations.

From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

Why do you think people adore the combination of food and typography so much?

I think it has something to with the familiarity that we have with both type and food. Letters and food are one of the first things that we learn to process early on, making them very comforting to us as adults.

Obviously you’re a foodie. Does this overlap at all with your interest in design? How?

I’d like to think that my website, Foodiggity.com, is a good overlap of food and design. For one, the site covers a lot of food-related art—whether food is used as the actual medium, or is merely the inspiration for the work. I’ve also used my art background to design and maintain the site, and my experience helps communicate with the artists that we cover.

From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

Have you worked with any of the artists / designers that you feature on your page?

Not directly. I do have plans to spotlight food artists even more on my site. Now that our current redesign is complete, I’d love to work with artists on stuff done exclusively for Foodiggity.com.

What’s your favorite professional design tool?

Adobe Photoshop.

Your favorite professional culinary tool?

A 12” cast iron skillet. This is essential in any kitchen, pro or amateur.

If you could marry one typeface which would it be?

Lato. She is my everything.

If you could kill one typeface which would it be? 

I’d say Arial Bold, as long as I could torture it first.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

A well-prepared meal with family. And, above average monthly pageviews.

From a Font Nerd to a Foodie: an Interview with Chris Durso

This theme of food married with typography isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Keep up with the conversation with #tastytype, and as always on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.