Abi and I decided that we'd use a quote about Tobias from my book,
Chasing the Perfect. Proving that some designers are born, not made:
"When Tobias was nine years old, his family flew to England to spend
some time with his grandmother in Kent. In the morning, his mother came
downstairs to find the small Tobias sitting at the kitchen table, staring
at a tin of biscuits. The rest of the children were outside yelling and
climbing trees, and there sat Tobias, staring at a tin.
After several moments of watching this, she woke him, as from a trance. He told her that he didn’t understand what made the tin feel so “British” to him, and that he was thinking it through.
At this, she receded. And, after a while, he figured out that he only saw
letters like these on things that his mother brought back from visits to
his grandmother. It was the letters than made the tin feel British. Gill
Sans brought the idea of Britain into Tobias’s ken, the notion of
Britain being a separate entity, a separate consciousness, a separate way
of being from that of America. He sat at his grandmother’s kitchen table
for a long time, contemplating the wideness of the world."