Together with OHNE DEN HYPE, Forward welcomes you inside the mind of creatives, artists and designers! In intimate and personal conversations with Forward-speakers, industry legends and creative shooting stars, the podcast revolves around personal topics – completely without the hype that usually surrounds them. This ninth edition focuses on the life and creative work of type designer Tobias Rechsteiner who talks to Sven Jürgensmeier about self-employment, the rise of type design and how Grilli Type was created.


(c) Grilli Type


Tobias Rechsteiner has been at the Forward Festivals multiple times, sharing his insights at workshops and talks. He is not only the Account Director of the independent Swiss type foundry Grilli Type, but also the designer of their recognizable and iconic fonts GT Hapti, GT Zirkon and more. He describes himself as a cliché Swiss perfectionist combined with a certain bit of scrappiness that’s due to the influence of his life in Berlin. His unique approach comes from his numerous experiences as a designer as well as his education in business administration. The unusual path from designer to type designer to businessman and designer at heart is one of the many aspects that make Tobias an impressive and interesting person.


(c) Hannah Schierholz, taken at Forward Festival Vienna 2021


In this episode  Tobias and Sven talk about the many facets of being a creative. From being your own boss to founding agencies, traveling all the time over to his love for type design and his role as Account Director at Grilli Type, Tobias and Sven really explore all the aspects to Tobias professional life.


Go listen to the full episode and get a glimpse into the mind of Tobias Rechsteiner with us.

Tobias Rechsteiner will hold a talk and a workshop at Forward Festival Berlin in 2022.