In a world filled with copy cats and trend followers, sometimes it is hard to steer away from the crowd. We all become brainwashed from our ever synching Pinterest feeds and visual eye candy. Michael Doret was such an inspiration last night, not only for his sheer dedication and talent that has been contributed to the type world - but for his innate ability to be different. I spoke with Michael before his talk began and he mentioned that he was always cast in a separate sector of type leaders coming out of the Cooper Union crew, but in my mind it has only been to his advantage. Someone can only achieve a timeless, bold, refreshing, and graphic style such as his only by sticking to their guns and working with what they know is beautiful typography with years of experience. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work, Michael Doret has worked as a typographer and letterer for years. Creating posters for everyone from Simon & Garfunkel to Paul Simon, to re-creating the iconic Knicks logo, to starting his own type foundry, Alphabet Soup. Born and raised a true New Yorker, his childhood influences from Coney Island and Times Square help build the beautiful body of work he has to show for today. I wish I had more images to share from the event! Hopefully the photographer from Maker City LA will put some online so I can add here... In the meantime, checkout some of Michael's work below.