Creative Inspirations: Doyald Young, Logotype Designer
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Creative Inspirations: Doyald Young, Logotype Designer

with Doyald Young

Video: The love of type

(Music playing) To learn to draw a letter well takes a lot of time. I?ve been drawing letters since 1948. And I?m still learning how to draw. (Music playing) Jan Van Krimpen, one of my great heroes, he says, "I do not want to draw a beautiful letter. I want to draw a good letter." Now I think that good letters are beautiful.

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1h 41m Appropriate for all Oct 29, 2010 Updated Sep 29, 2011

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From humble beginnings in a small Texas town eight decades ago comes legendary typographer, logotype designer, author, and teacher Doyald Young. As elegant as his script fonts and as wise as his set of Oxford English dictionaries, Young set the standard for his craft. Friend and designer Stefan Bucher describes Young as "someone who could easily have done what he does in the Renaissance, and could easily do it 300 years from now." In this installment of Creative Inspirations, we enjoy a window into the life of this accomplished artisan as he works with joyous focus in his favorite spot, his drawing table. We follow Young to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he shares his talents with tomorrow's designers. He recalls the hundreds of iterations he went through in creating the logo for Prudential, and he puts pencil to tissue creating the pages for his book about script lettering, Learning Curves. Young's story is compelling, captivating, and most of all, inspiring. lynda.com is honored to host this tribute to his work.

Join us in Bonus Features at a tribute event held at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where Doyald's friends and colleagues speak about their relationship with the gifted designer and Lynda introduces a scholarship fund set up specifically in his memory.

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Doyald Young

The love of type

(Music playing) To learn to draw a letter well takes a lot of time. I?ve been drawing letters since 1948. And I?m still learning how to draw. (Music playing) Jan Van Krimpen, one of my great heroes, he says, "I do not want to draw a beautiful letter. I want to draw a good letter." Now I think that good letters are beautiful.

I love to draw letters. I found out that I did. It pleased me. I think it goes back to basic personality. For instance I have a love of detail. Despite the fact I call myself a logotype designer teacher, I?m delighted to say that my life revolves around typography. It permeates our lives,it permeates our culture. Our history is written in typography.

And it?s just something I love to do. I?m happiest when I?m at the board with a pencil.

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