Hi, I’m 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, sold a bit of it, shipped my rather considerable library + a few other boxes, and moved myself and my cat Cosette further East. I moved to Mumbai, India and soon after married Kimya Gandhi, also a type designer. We’ve been working together at Mota Italic since then, with even more emphasis on Devanagari and Indian scripts.
The latest news is that in September 2020 after six years in Mumbai, we moved (back) to Berlin for the next phase in life. Here we are continuing our type design work and I’m spending my spare time on new sculptures and cycling.
If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send them to:
rob [at] motaitalic.com
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