n°17/How Do You Become a Graphic Artist?

May 2012

by Nathalie Azoulai

When college student Martin O’Neill stumbled upon some trash on the outskirts of the Black Forest, he picked it up – but instead of throwing it away, he became inspired.“This was the first time I saw type as image, type as texture. And the first time I viewed a whole natural scene as a collage,” O’Neill recalls of the mass of paper debris, feathers, and steel cogs that he encountered eighteen years ago. “It was like accidentally finding treasure, but a treasure I’d not really valued before.” Since then, Martin O'Neill has been creating typography design and bookjackets for prestigious publishers, among which we find the cover of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks.


Martin O'Neill