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Proust’s Questionnaire : Frantisek Storm

František Štorm (born 3 July 1966) is a Czech typographer of international acclaim, a musician, artist, teacher and author. His book Eseje o typografii (Essays on Typography) was nominated for the Magnesia Litera Award (2009).

Štorm studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, graduating in 1991 and immediately becoming assistant to Jan Solpera at the Studio of Typography. Later, in 2003, Štorm became head of the Studio and remained in the position until 2008. In 1993, Štorm founded his Storm Type Foundry, a small type foundry for his own work. So far, Štorm has produced more than sixty font families. Štorm is, outside the area of typography, probably best known as the singer/guitarist of the legendary black metal band Master's Hammer.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

To feel that I'm useful and free at the same time.

What is your greatest fear?

Threat to my children.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is the trait you most deplore in others?


Which living person do you most admire?

Sri Harishgiri Babaji at Girnar (Gujarat). A true Baba and friend.

What is your greatest extravagance?


What is your current state of mind?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Diligence in the meaning of chronical industriousness.

On what occasion do you lie?

Only when I think it's funny and at the same time obvious to others.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My nose, hair, ears...

Which living person do you most despise?

Myself when I was young.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Postpone, drawing, font metrics, drum loop and grooves...

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

It changes over time, nowadays it's the art in general.

When and where were you happiest?

Now. At every present moment. At least I'm trying.

Which talent would you most like to have?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My past.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children like me.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

An elephant – for the trunk.

Where would you most like to live?

Agonda Beach, South Goa, 20 years ago, without tourists.

What is your most treasured possession?

My ancestral house and my studio in countryside. I admit, it's narrow-minded, but I need nice places to live.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Lack of ideas.

What is your favorite occupation?

Driving a motorcycle (still don't own one, just got the license extension yesterday).

What is your most marked characteristic?

Hidden insanity.

What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favorite writers?

At the moment Amitav Ghosh, Gregory D. Roberts, Jaroslav Hašek, Josef Váchal, and Czech poets: Pavel Zajíček, Vít Kremlička, Erik Frič and Bohdan Chlíbec.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Gregory D. Roberts.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

St. Francis Xavier.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My dad.

What are your favorite names?

Prasad, Ayesha, Ramu, Deepa.

What is it that you most dislike?

Concrete buildings and highways.

What is your greatest regret?

My old sins. But I'm trying to live so that I don't need to regret anything.

How would you like to die?


What is your motto?

Live free or die.

by Mirgilus, 2014 October