Christian Schwartz


Christian Schwartz (born 1977) is a partner, with London-based designer Paul Barnes, in the type foundry Commercial Type. Schwartz is also principal of Schwartzco Inc., a New York-based type design and consultation firm. Schwartz has published fonts with many respected independent foundries and designed proprietary typefaces for corporations and publications worldwide.

Schwartz and Barnes began an ongoing collaboration in 2005 with their extensive typeface system for The Guardian, which lead to honors from the Design Museum and D&AD. The two have completed custom typefaces for clients including Esquire, the Empire State Building, The New York Times, and Condé Nast's business magazine Portfolio. Schwartz and Barnes have been named two of the 40 most influential designers under 40 by Wallpaper*, and Schwartz was included in Time’s 2007 “Design 100”. In 2007, Schwartz was awarded the prestigious Prix Charles Peignot, given every four or five years by the Association Typographique Internationale to a designer under 35 who has made "an outstanding contribution to the field of type design". Schwartz’s work has also been honored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Type Director’s Club, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.


BITS MMX Special Workshop
Christian Schwartz
Narrated by Pongtorn Hirunpruek
October 31, 2010.
1.00 pm. - 5.00 pm.
Alliance française de Bangkok
Available slots : 10 person


BITS MMX International Conference
Christian Schwartz
Narrated by Anuthin Wongsunkakon
October 30, 2010.
Morning session
Alliance française de Bangkok

"Plays well with others"

Since establishing himself as an independent type designer in 2001, Christian Schwartz has evolved into somewhat of a specialist in collaborative type design, working with designers of varying backgrounds – product design, publication design, and corporate design, in addition to type design – on a wide variety of projects for all sorts of uses: publications, landmark buildings, corporate identity programs, and even an attempt to create a family of typefaces as conceptual art. In this lecture, Schwartz will discuss a handful of his collaborative projects, and how he has come to thrive on unexpected twists and turns that arise as two designers with different viewpoints find the middle ground necessary to make a new typeface—and how he learned to draw with a British accent along the way.