Workflow with Wayne Thompson, Director of Australian Type Foundry

In this edition of Workflow, we have Wayne Thompson, the Director of Australian Type Foundry, talking about his messy workspace and listening to the blues and Pink Floyd.

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Describe what you do: Typeface design and typography.

How do you like your coffee: Anything but black.

Device(s) you use: iMac 27″ with a second monitor.

Describe your working style in one sentence: Interrogate the brief to achieve a custom solution.

What does your workspace look like: Messy, full of books, tools and papers. And other random stuff like guitars and chunks of wood. And a big stack of vintage boxes which I collect, and think I will use someday, but probably won’t, which gives my wife the shits. I have always believed that a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.

How does your workspace affect your creative process: I have always wanted one of those cluttered studios that has a productive workshop vibe, crammed full of teetering shelves overstocked with stuff and a workbench covered in tools. Years ago I visited the workshop of a bespoke shoemaker which was exactly like that. So, in a way, I have achieved my dream but, really, it’s just mess. Even my tax folder is an old fruit crate.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: Blues, without a doubt. And Pink Floyd. Electric guitar, and lots of it.

Who would you like to nominate for the next workflow interview: Sophie Elinor.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.