做作的Daphne

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Daphne is a graphic designer/calligrapher from Taiwan famous for her passion for stationery and her selfless sharing of tips and resources. Her calligraphy style is bold and intuitive. As a creative, she values honesty and integrity the most. She has been holding workshops all around Taiwan since 2015 and has also been active in major calligraphy events ever since. You can find her here on Instagram, Tumblr, or Facebook.

相信不少愛字、愛文具、愛書法(甚至更早以前,愛彩妝)的朋友們對「做作的Daphne」這個名字都不陌生,也都認識這個臉書粉專背後的書寫家-Daphne老師。

寶拉也跟很多人一樣,從老師的臉書開始一直跟,覺得寫這些字的這個人太跩了,可惜從來沒抽中每週一墨!直到偶然有機會去上課的時候才看到老師本人:有問必答,不吝分享自己所學,講起話來落落大方。寶拉除了崇拜還是崇拜。

於是,今天寶拉很榮幸邀請到Daphne老師來為Simply Creative的創意人訪談系列爆頭香!來看看總是精神爽快的Daphne老師(以下稱Daphne)跟我們分享她的書寫日常及給創意人的建議♥


謝謝Daphne接受這次的採訪,對於第一次認識Daphne的朋友們,可以告訴我們一些關於您的個人背景及您是如何開始接觸英文書法的嗎?

Daphne:大家好!我是做作的Daphne,現在是一名美術編輯,住新北。

接觸英文書法的機緣,是念國中的時候,在書店看到小田原真喜子的著作《西洋書法創意DIY》,當時覺得驚為天人啊!居然可以用手寫出這麼精美的字體!

當時的西洋書法工具還不像這幾年選擇這麼多,鋼筆店也不像現在這麼普及,能買到的工具就只有鴨嘴筆和製圖墨水,直到出社會之後,才開始從平頭麥克筆、百樂平行筆開始,有系統的花錢...自學。

Hi Daphne! Thank you for doing this interview. For those of us meeting you for the first time, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into what you do.

Daphne: Hi! I'm Daphne. I'm a senior art director based in New Taipei City.

I was first introduced to calligraphy when I was in junior high. I came across one of the books Makiko Odawara and I couldn't believe the beautiful letters I saw in the book were created by hand. I was instantly blown away! Back then calligraphy supplies were not as popular as present, and all I could get were ruling pens and drawing ink. Only until I started working I could finally get my hands on supplies such as parallel pen or calligraphy markers.

Daphne是很多人認識的書寫家「做作的Daphne」,同時也是一位全職的資深美術編輯,應該每天都很忙吧?平常是怎麼安排時間的呢?

Daphne:因為白天有正職,所以必須善用零碎的時間。比如存檔要花較長的時間,這時候我就會寫個一兩行的字或是塗手帳放鬆心情,低頭振筆疾書的樣子在辦公室非常自然,好像很認真上班一樣,沒有問題的!(絕對沒有摸魚)

公司有一個小時的午休時間,我會超級迅速地吃完午餐,然後躲在倉庫偷練字,或是錄影分享寫字的過程(上圖)

下班回到家後,先處理在外頭接案或是寫字的案子,如果晚餐吃太飽也可能先昏迷半小時。

假日通常行程是滿的,會開寫字課,或是接受客戶在活動現場寫字的委託,比如今年就有三場Burberry的現場題字活動

Most people know you as the calligrapher/letter behind the Facebook fan page Drama Daphne, but at the same time you work a 9-5 job. How do you balance your time between work and creating?

Daphne: Because of work, I need to be really good at utilizing segments of time. For example, if I need to wait long-ish for a file to be saved, I would take this time and quickly doodle a few words in my sketchbook, and it totally looks like I'm working extra hard! Also, I would try to make use of lunch break by quickly finishing lunch, and then go hide in the storage room where I practice writing or record short videos of me doing it. After getting home from work, I would pull out the files of my side-freelance gigs and start working on them. Weekends are also werk, werk, werk. Usually it's the only time I have for workshops, or on site calligraphy such as the ones I did with Burberry this year.

很多習字的人可能會有「必須要強迫自己每天練個三五小時」這樣的想法,像老爸二十年來,天天都練習書法三小時,每個月都產出驚人的廢紙(左圖;手機版上圖)

而我就是個懶人,希望寫字這個興趣可以永遠的療癒我,所以從不勉強自己,心情好的時候練兩小時,累的時候練個十分鐘,重點是在持續。

Some people might think you HAVE TO practice hours a day to be good, like my dad. As for me, I'd like this to forever be something therapeutic to do, so I never force myself to practice. If I'm happy, I can go 2 hours straight. If I'm burnt out, a short 10-minute session would be good enough. The key is to do it everyday.

Daphne老師2014年剛建粉專沒多久的Q&A問答集現在看了還是常常會心一笑。

聽說Daphne平常也有接書寫相關的設計案,請問這樣的案件跟一般的平面設計案有什麼差別嗎? 能不能跟我們分享一下書寫設計案大致的流程呢? 

Daphne:我目前接觸到的案子可概略分為兩類:一種是代客寫字,一種是商業合作

代客寫字比較單純,大多是幫忙寫卡片、信件、等等,大部分是來自精品品牌的委託,因為精品品牌常有需要寫卡片給VIP,用印刷顯得不夠莊重,因此委託我代為書寫,彰顯誠意。

剩下的少部分是來自粉絲的委託,希望收藏我的字或是作為贈禮之用。因為用途通常比較單純,所以就是錢收到了,稿子寄出了,完成!這麼簡單!

商業案的合作方面,大致上有題字案和設計案兩種:

提字案的流程比較單純,和客戶溝通好要寫什麼字、什麼風格、作為什麼用途、授權範圍、收費多少之後,簽好契約收到訂金之後就可開始題字,寫好之後讓客戶作為商業用途使用。

設計案以商標設計為大宗,通常還會搭配名片或是一些周邊商品的設計委託,也是需要密切的溝通之後,簽約付訂再視客戶的需要量身定做。

講了這麼多好像很複雜,總之,我覺得在接案時,「授權範圍」和「金額」是一定要優先談妥的兩個項目。授權,也就是書寫好的成品可使用在哪裡,這也牽涉到金額多寡,比如送給朋友的卡片,金額較低。一旦牽涉到商業用途、宣傳用途,收費就會比較高。

最後就是契約。

也許有設計師會覺得簽約會嚇跑客戶,其實不然,簽約對「雙方」都是很重要的保障。對設計師來說有避免拿不到錢、亂減價等等的好處,對客戶來說,可以避免計師遲交稿件、抄襲、盜圖、擅自把設計轉售給別人、擅自公開企業機密、著作權爭議等等,別白白放棄自己的權益啊!

You do a lot of design projects that incorporates calligraphy and lettering. How is it different from your other projects? Can you share with us an example of your process?

Daphne: There are two kinds of work I do: 1) custom lettering/calligraphy and commercial projects. Custom works are plain and simple, and most inquiries are from brands that need something more personal than digital prints for their VIPs. Other inquiries are mostly from people who wish to have a copy of my work for collection purpose or to gift a friend. These projects are very straight forward, usually it's: I get paid, I send out the finished work, and that's it!

Commercial projects I take on can be further divided into two different categories: 1) lettering and 2) graphic design. Lettering projects are also pretty straight forward. As soon as I know what style of lettering my clients are looking for and where they will be using it, I would come up with an estimate. After that, we would work out a contract. I then start working on it upon receiving the down payment. Most graphic design projects are for company logos. This kind of project would normally include the design of business cards as well as any side products. It would require intensive communication between me and my clients to make sure I tend to their needs. Agreeing on a contract is a must too.

It might sound too complicated, but it's really important to know what purpose is the design for and how much you are getting paid for. Pay attention to WHERE and HOW your clients will be applying the design, because it has significant influence to how much you should be charging for the project. Think like this, a custom work would cost way less than a company logo design because of the difference in the nature of application. Last but not least, ALWAYS make sure there is a contract between you and your client. Some people might think it will scare the client away by asking them to sign a contract, but it is for both your sake and theirs. Never overlook the importance of it!

這個是寶拉個人有興趣的問題,請問是否曾經遇到客戶認為「寫個字為什麼那麼貴」的情況呢?

Daphne:我自己開出的價錢,都考慮到工作時數、技術複雜程度、以及使用範圍開出的合理價格。所以碰到這種情況也沒怎麼處理,逝者不追。如果客戶會覺得貴,那代表他不需要我的字,代表我們沒緣份吧。

我還算是運氣不錯的啦!大部分的客戶人都很好,很少碰到這樣的人。有朋友曾碰過想用兩顆大鳳梨當作酬勞的客戶呢!

Have you ever had a client that gave you the impression that he or she thought you were charging too much because it was just writing up a few words? 

Daphne: Not really. I price my service according to the time I devote on it, how complicated the work or design is, and where/how they will be used. If a client thinks I'm charging too much, it simply means they don't need my service. I think I have been pretty lucky with clients. One of my friends had a client who tried to pay him with two pineapples!

接下來幾年,Daphne對自己身為書寫家的身份有什麼打算或願景?

Daphne:(我的願景就是不用工作整天爛在家裡(喂))

因為我有正職了,所以書法的部分還是希望未來仍然當作興趣看待,買買文具、寫寫字、教教課,我覺得就滿愜意了。倒是有一些大型創作的計畫,因為時間關係一直延宕。欸,畢竟糊口優先嘛!是說希望今年可以開始動工!

去年(2016)Daphne老師在Tumblr的格主專訪有更多老師與英文書法的故事分享+給新手的建議

What plans do you have for yourself as a calligrapher/letterer?

Daphne: To be honest I wish I'd never have to work a day! (Just joking) I do have a day job right now, so I'm currently more leaning towards keeping calligraphy and lettering as a hobby. As long as I get to shop for new supplies, practice writing from time to time, and teach workshops, I'm happy. I do have some bigger-scaled projects in mind that I've been putting off, but hey, you have to pay the bills first! I hope I will be able to get on with it some time this year though.

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後記

Daphne老師豪爽的作風一直是寶拉很欣賞,也很崇拜的,技術層面的功力就更不用說了。過去總是覺得做設計、走創意路,或當藝術家的人,好像常常要喝西北風(或當神仙),但Daphne老師是活生生的證明:路是自己走出來的,白天有正職,下了班一樣有正職,一切不衝突。

雖然Daphne老師的願景之一是吃飽躺在家不用上班,但在寶拉看來,Daphne老師本人是比誰都還要認真工作+生活的人,對書寫的熱情更是值得敬佩,這樣的態度除了值得學習還是值得學習!

寶拉私下也曾獲得老師不少的幫助,不論是什麼樣沒大沒小的問題,Daphne老師總是袖子一捲,就能瞬間提供許多建設性+知識滿點的建言,也因此很開心看到老師透過這次的訪談跟我們分享了一些創作以外的經驗。希望老師的大型創作計畫有一天可以順利進行!

寶拉僅以題字的方式表達對老師參與本次訪談的感謝:

「無所畏懼地去追尋你的熱情」

Note

Personally, I've always admired the way Daphne goes about things. Needless to say, I am also a big fan of her works. I used to get the impression that if you want to work as a creative, you need to be prepared to suffer financially, but Daphne is a living proof that having a day job doesn't mean you have to give up your passion. Who's to say that what ever you do besides your 9-5 job is not a job too?

Even though Daphne joked about how she wishes she'd never have to work, she is probably one of the most hard working people I have ever seen, and it's always inspiring. Daphne also helped me a lot when I first started lettering and taking on projects, and that's why I'm extra grateful that she took time to share with us her experiences as well as insights to working as a creative!

*As a token of gratitude, I hand-lettered a quote which Daphne inspired me with: 

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire."