Vincent Wagner brings a natural twist to 3D typography
For Vincent, his practice is all about answering the big questions and finding “meaningful ways to use 3D space for typographic expression".
When Vincent says that his background is “a bit all over the place”, he isn't lying. Not only does the Austrian designer hold a law degree, he also studied architecture and worked in music before becoming a full-fledged designer. That said, his typography work – focusing on “human life, media use, death and our relationship to the environment” – does betray his excitingly broad CV.
Initially working between editorial and 3D, Vincent’s interest shifted toward 3D and then 3D typography. His first big-ticket project in this realm was adding another dimension to the Pilowlava typeface, making it all “soft and lava-esque", he says. This tendency continued into his current practice where fleshy and deceivingly texturised forms complement chromatic typefaces, as well as nature-inspired quirks. Sometimes starting with a pencil sketch and other times jumping straight into VR sculpting, Vincent makes sure that he uses a wide mix of different tools to help “discover new shapes and new ideas”. It’s clear that he’s been around the block and learnt many lessons, all of which will be used in his upcoming venture Neomatter, a new 3D-type foundry with designer Daniel Gremme.
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Roz (he/him) joined It’s Nice That for three months as an editorial assistant in October 2022 after graduating from Magazine Journalism and Publishing at London College of Communication. He’s particularly interested in publications, archives and multi-media design.