Type Talks: Rob Draper

21 Feb 2019

Birmingham City University, Birmingham

Hard work, Relentless dreams and WiFi.

I’ll be sharing with you two stories. The first is how I got here – How did I end up doing this and why do I draw on things? It’s a peculiar story that I wouldn’t believe unless it had happened to me. After unexpected redundancy from my dream job I felt I was at a junction – retrain and leave behind a 20+ year design career or go it alone, not turn anything down, try new things and see what happens. That approach left me working in a high-security prison and spending my spare time drawing on coffee cups.

The second story is how once finally some of my dreams came true I found myself back at square one – I had no studio, no office and ‘home’ was living on a camp bed in my Sisters front room next to my 11-year-old Son and how this has shaped me, my work and my outlook. It’s basically a story of relentlessly pursuing dreams when at times the odds are stacked against you and how sometimes that goes right, sometimes it goes wrong but its what you learn and take forward that matters…

Rob Draper is an artist and designer based in the UK who specialises in hand lettering.

Rob has worked with a range of worldwide clients including The Golden Globes, Levi’s, Samsung, Gap, Nike, Penguin Random House, Bartle Bogle & Hegarty, Pentagram, Harper & Collins, WWF & The Washington Post.

He has had work featured in worldwide press from IdN International Designers Network, Design Taxi and numerous lettering/design/creativity publications to The Daily Mail and now also travels to speak on his ‘journey’ and how an unexpected series of events created the role he is in today.


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