LOBO animation director Tiago Marcondes is a design enthusiast, with a particular passion for typography. In an effort to make his interview more interesting, Marcondes decided to be interviewed by his favorite typefaces, along with the infamous Comic Sans. To assist him in the process, he used ChatGPT as a co-writer.
Marcondes provided ChatGPT with relevant information about each typeface, including the place and year of their creation. He then asked ChatGPT to create distinct characters based on the concept of each font. After some back-and-forth, Marcondes refined the characters and their personalities. He then fed ChatGPT the interview questions and asked for each typeface’s perspective on which questions they would like to ask.
To ensure an engaging and historically accurate interview, Marcondes worked on each question separately. He adjusted the tone, added appropriate slang, and made necessary edits. He also asked ChatGPT for different intro options. Once everything was put together, Marcondes was pleased with the result.
The interview featured four iconic typefaces: Bodoni (Italy-1798), Futura (Germany-1927), Helvetica (Swiss-1957), and Comic Sans (USA-1994). They came together to interview Marcondes, an “un-famous designer,” with the shared goal of gaining insight and supporting emerging talent.
Each typeface had a distinct personality and style. Helvetica took charge and emphasized the importance of asking thoughtful questions. Bodoni, in a grumbling manner, questioned the value of being present at the interview. Comic Sans, excitedly, expressed enthusiasm for the interview and hoped for some fun questions. Futura maintained a positive attitude, aiming for a combination of classiness and enjoyment.
Entering the interview room, the four characters brought their unique perspectives and styles to the conversation. Helvetia, in a formal manner, asked Marcondes about his occupation and design specializations. Marcondes, an animation director, highlighted the role of design in translating human emotions into colors and shapes, even if his work is not directly design-related.
Bodoni, with a tinge of sarcasm, inquired about what led Marcondes to the design profession. Marcondes explained that as a Brazilian in the ’90s, illustration and animation weren’t readily available options, so he started with design as a way to enter the competitive advertising industry. Over time, his passion for design grew, and he explored different areas such as magazine layout, web design, branding, packaging design, and animation.
Comic Sans, in a more relaxed tone, asked Marcondes about the aspects of design that capture his attention the most. Marcondes revealed his obsession with detail and hierarchy in design. Despite the changing landscape of design, he still adheres to principles like spacing, kerning, and visual hierarchy.
Futura, with a touch of German charm, inquired about the tools Marcondes finds most useful in his craft. Marcondes emphasized the omnipresence of artificial intelligence and how he incorporates it into various aspects of his work, including character and style frame creation, user interface design, and branding. He also mentioned his shift to digital tools and the use of the Procreate app for drawing and giving feedback to artists and designers.
Helvetica returned with a question about Marcondes’ perspective on “Design Thinking.” Marcondes praised its effectiveness as a framework, providing structure amidst uncertainties. He saw it as a translation of the scientific method into the creative process, helping to channel creativity in the right direction.
Futura, as a design enthusiast interested in challenges and controversies, asked Marcondes about the misconceptions surrounding design. Marcondes shared his belief that design is not solely about creating shapes and colors but encompasses a broader problem-solving approach. He emphasized the importance of considering all vectors involved and aligning priorities, regrouping, and making connections.
In conclusion, Marcondes’ unique approach to the interview brought together iconic typefaces and shed light on his design journey and perspectives. Each typeface added its own flair to the conversation, resulting in an engaging and insightful discussion.
Marcondes’ use of ChatGPT as a co-writer demonstrates the potential of AI in assisting creative processes. It’s interesting to see how he leveraged typography and distinct characters to make the interview more appealing. This approach adds an element of fun and creativity to a traditional interview format. To read more articles like this, visit GPT News Room.