Hi, I am Rob Keller!

Rob Keller

I am a designer and artist from the cornfields of the midwest with an obsession for letters. While studying at the University of Illinois, working on BFAs in Graphic Design and Sculpture, I discovered the concept of type design and began experimenting with type. In 2006-07 I attended the University of Reading (Reading, England) for the MA in Typeface Design program.

Immediately following the MA, I moved to Frankfurt, Germany to join Linotype. There, I worked in the marketing department (a valuable experience, but unfortunately not type design). After a year, I left to focus on creating my own typefaces.

I moved to Berlin at the end of 2008 and started the digital typefoundry Mota Italic. I was then free to focus on purely creating typefaces – both for my retail library and for custom commissions – full time until 2010 when Mota Italic opened a studio/gallery/bookshop space in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg. That was an amazing experience lasting about three years, but I ultimately decided that I would rather “just” be a font designer rather than “shop keeper, exhibition host, tour guide, shipping representative, full time emailer, and part time designer on the weekends”. So in late 2013 I closed up shop and went back to 100% typeface design.

After seven years in Germany it seemed like the moment to change things up, so I gave away most of what I owned, shipped my rather considerable library, and moved myself and my cat further East. As of October 2014, I’m living in Mumbai, India, and am still running Mota Italic concentrating again solely on designing new typefaces – while also slowly getting back into making some new typographic (and non-) sculptures.

 

Contact Me

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send them to:
rob [at] motaitalic.com

You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram , & Facebook from time to time.

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