Interview with Allen Chiu: Creator Of The Font From The Movie ‘Warm Bodies’.
A colleague of mine, Allen Chiu (http://allenchiu.com/), was responsible for making the font on the cover of the upcoming movie Warm Bodies.
Give us a brief history about your experience with graphic design and how you got to where you are currently at?
My dad got my Photoshop 6.0 when I was in 3rd grade and I did a few really bad raster logos for his business. That was probably my first time attempting to design. When I started making fonts I had pretty much no background in typography and the ones I have out for free are pretty much all tribal types.
Creating free fonts got me interested in type however and when I decided to pursue graphic design I started reading a lot of type books. Paul Soady, an Australian type director has also taught me a lot of what I know in type, design, and art in general.
That’s amazing Allen, your background came from first hand experience. Currently, do you attend school for graphic design as well or do you continue to do it on the side as your own business?
I go to Syracuse University for communications design, which is close to graphic design. I’m not even really sure what the difference is. I applied to Art Center College of Design for photography, and the rest of my schools I put down graphic design as my intended major, but when I was reading the list of majors at Syracuse, communications design sounded cool so I put that down. Turns out, Syracuse ended up being the most affordable option so I guess I’m gonna be a communications designer!
That sounds like you got the best of both worlds in a sense! Everyone is really happy about your opportunity in making the font for the movie ‘Warm Bodies’. How did that opportunity come about for you? It’s inspiring to know college students doing big things.
I wasn’t actually a college student when the opportunity came about. It was junior year of high school I think and I had my fonts up online for free and occasionally I’d get contacted for commercial use. The poster company, BLT Communications, contacted me to purchase a license and I had no idea who they were at the time so I barely charged anything.
That is really nice to hear, we hope this this leads to more opportunities in the future!