During our stay in Valencia, we had the pleasure to meet Dídac Ballester. A discreet, cheerful, spontaneous and very funny little man. I think he would love to become invisible so he would not feel obligated to talk to people. His personality was very funny and I liked his work… mainly due to his remarkable skills regarding typography, functional simplicity, sobriety and delicacy. Here is a little sample from his website. The first image set illustrates his proposal for an ethical use of typography. Here is what he thinks: what would happen if typography designers explicitly disallowed the use of their work for writing declarations of war, death warrants… ?
This project reminded me of a question I always asked to myself… As a designer, should you consider your client political views? Taking it to the extreme: could a carpenter decline to sell a chair to Hitler? Where can we draw the line between our own convictions and our survival needs?