Born in Croatia, Nikola Djurek is a typographic designer with interest in programming, teaching and old letterforms. Nikola studied in Croatia, Italy and The Netherlands and earned his PhD degree in graphic type design. He combines his practice – Typonine – with teaching typography and type design at the Universities of Split and Zagreb in Croatia.
We start the interview with Nikola explaining the number nine in Typonine. We’re curious if he considers himself more to be a type designer or a graphic designer. Nikola is also running a small family vinery in Zargorje, Croatia and we wonder if there’re similarities between type design and winemaking. Does he think a typeface gets better with time? We talk about the Balkan war and how it influenced Nikola’s life and way of working. We also talk about his typeface Balkan and the extreme reactions it got. Nikola explains his intention with the typeface. Recorded at the Robothon 2015 Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands.