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John Palowski

With 10 years of design experience working in a variety of studios & in-house positions, up to creative lead, across the North West of England—John Palowski uses his wide variety of skills to work with private clients to produce branding and bespoke print + digital solutions under his studio & typography pseudonym, Adoxo Projekt (ADX). Working with Shillington since 2013, he has taught and trained teachers across all three countries. As a teacher, he has seen nineteen full-time classes and two part-time classes through to graduation. John’s current main role involves overseeing the continued global development of the course, that’s now into its third decade.

What do you love about design?

I love the problem / the research / the creative process / the evaluation / the craft / the satisfaction / the celebratory beers afterwards. All good things.

Why do you teach?

Each day I’ve experienced a wealth of inspirational ideas from students of all different ages, nationalities, backgrounds and life-experience. It’s a rewarding and privileged position.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

Find out for yourself at Adoxo Projekt.

What or who are you loving right now?

  • Design for Music: tDR + Warp
  • Music for Design: The Field
  • All my old pairs of Adidas Originals (and all the ones I don’t own yet)

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

A really anal monospaced feel, but with enough flexibility of a normal body copy face — which exactly describes Relative Faux by Colophon Foundry, which I use on my website. It’s definitely up there with those that I wish I could claim to have designed myself.

What’s your favourite blog?

It used to be Typetoken or Collate, but they don’t get updated as often as they used to. I try to find my inspiration from as wide / far / random as possible, so I guess I don’t really have a favourite these days (apart from when it comes to Fantasy Football, where I have firm favourites, yet have never helped me win my league).

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