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185: Constraint and Consistency with Ben O'Neil



I love a new and innovative typography project when I see one! I recently came across the work of Illustrator and Designer, Ben O’Neil, and I knew I had to reach out to him.


Ben worked for 70 days to create a typeface based on visual prompts from images online to create an alphabet of whimsical and wonderful letterforms. He called this project ‘Type Alike’. 


In this episode you’ll hear from Ben about his journey in graphic design and illustration. You’ll hear about his love for zine culture, as well as what inspires him including the way he integrates historical references into his work. You’ll also hear Ben discuss his Type Alike project, including his thoughts on creative constraint, as well as creative consistency. 


Let’s listen in…





About Our Guest:


Ben O’Neil is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and (sometimes) writer. His first graphic novel Apologetica was published by Popnoir Editions in 2019 and nominated for a Doug Wright Award. In 2022, he launched his most recent passion project, a fully illustrated, 78-card tarot deck. He also co-runs Pen Cap, a reading series in Toronto that provides a platform for emerging writers and creatives. Previous clients include Jacobin, Phish, Exclaim! Magazine, Toronto Metropolitan University and Left Field Brewery. 




Music: First Bicycle by John Bartmann, Licensed Under CC0 1.0 Universal


Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle


Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

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