Drew Melton奉行Chuck Close的那句话“灵感属于业余爱好者；剩下的我们只是来上班，然后开始工作”，正是这样的心态让他成为了一位颇有名气的设计师。他的字体排印、插画以及整体的设计感令人印象深刻，同时也激励了许多设计师。他都和我们分享了什么呢？
Why do you love typography?
I couldn’t really say what I love specifically. But I have always had an affinity for design, architecture and art. Though I am not really good at all of those things separately. I find that lettering and typography is the ideal balance of the three. Lettering has to work on a very technical level but it is also very expressive. Great lettering is a balancing act between aesthetic and function.
How did you become a typography designer?
Kind of by accident to be honest. I was always attracted to the work of Herb Lubalin when I was in college but for some reason I was far too dense to understand how heavily his work depended on great lettering. At one point after dropping out of school and starting my own studio I burned out. I lived on my girlfriends’ (now wifes’) floor for 3 months and just started exploring.
What types of design do you appreciate the most?
I love design that is sure of itself. I know that sounds kind of vague. But an important part of my journey has been learning to trust my hands and my intuition. If you don’t you’ll waste a lot of time agonizing and your work will lose its edge. You know when you see work that is created with confidence.
Have you had a mentor? How did they help in getting you where you are today?
当谈到艺术和手工，我最喜欢的人之一就是Jake Weidmann。当我碰壁时，Joshua Bullock和Sean McCabe让我可以继续前行。他们都非常有才华，而且是很好的人。去交朋友—他们不会仅仅把你当做“通讯录”上的一个名字。到现在，我的许多非设计师朋友常常给我的工作带来很多鼓舞。
Jake Weidmann is definitely one of my favorite people to talk to when it comes to art and craft. Joshua Bullock and Sean McCabe keep me going when I hit a wall. All of them are so talented but more than anything they are just good people. Make friends-They will take you farther than “contacts”. Many of my “Non-Designer” friends have been some of the most inspiring people to my career so far.
What helps you be productive?
Disconnecting from distraction-I do my best when I have a small, clear desk space with as little distraction as possible. Oh, and lots of sunlight. I need sunlight to be happy and productive; living in Los Angeles is good for me that way.
What does it mean to you to be a designer?
Working with a client on a product for a commercial purpose. To me, art is about expression and design is about communication with commercial intent. This may not be completely accurate but it’s my best explanation so far.
Do you have any advice you’d like to share with people who are new to this industry?
Learn the basics. Don’t try to be clever and try not to compare yourself to other great designers. It will keep you from finding your voice and really developing your skills. That was a big mistake I made early on. I got caught up on busy work and didn’t have the patience to really learn the fundamentals of good layout, lettering and design. The best work is the work that needs the least visual chaos. It’s necessary to keep up on great work but use it as fuel and don’t let it derail your own work.