Similar to fellow type designers, Daniel is passionate about shapes and their details. Some of those details are on the verge of visibility, such as the subtle interplay between shape and counter-shape, ligatures and variants; or even kerning at sub-pixel level.
Daniel Utz lives and works in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany. His main focus lies on the development of sign systems through letters and typefaces, symbols, pictograms and icons. His analysis of recent trends such as emojis and memes is always paired with a certain ambivalence.
Inspired by an article about Neville Brody in the German magazine “Spiegel”, Daniel quickly decided to go for a career in design. During his studies in Schwäbisch Gmünd, he worked for Philippe Apeloig in Paris. After stops in London, Munich, Ulm and Stuttgart, Daniel is back at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd where he teaches typography, information visualisation and transmedia design.
However, his claim is not to simply produce “l'art pour l’art”. The current challenges of our world are complex and partly difficult to understand. Good information design has the potential to change the future and enlighten the darkness. Daniel’s goal is to provide the best possible tools for exactly that: functional, versatile fonts that are also fun to use—despite all the problems out there.