Profile: Luke Prowse

"My initial awareness and interest in design was unconventional," states Luke Prowse, former Research Studios man and now a freelancer based in the heart of Paris. "I don't have a particular obsession with record covers, skateboarding, DJ'ing or for that matter most of the clichs that cling like leeches of cool to graphic designers. I always remember there being a computer in the house and have been stuck to that idol ever since instead. I taught myself to program blithe little applications and soon started 'designing' interfaces for them. This seems like the beginning of where I am now, a process that's driven by the possibilities of technology but caged in the practical and human."

That's certainly some introduction to the mindset of Prowse, an extraordinary talent who sees type not only as a passive vehicle of communication but as an active means of expression. In case you're wondering exactly what that means, Prowse is quick to elaborate. "I'm interested in exploiting these properties in a more authorial, narrative sense," he says. "You rarely read, or should that be see' typography used to complement genuine literary art. It's such a shame. I'm currently plotting a humble novella much entwined with both programming and unorthodox typography. In a recent project for the 50 Years of Helvetica exhibition at the Design Museum I programmed a calligram that formed Dr David Kelly's face. I'm always pissing about with something."

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