Christopher Murphy is a writer, designer and educator based in Belfast. Creative Review described him as, “a William Morris for the digital age,” an epithet he aspires to fulfil daily.
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Informing his role as an educator, Murphy is a practicing designer whose work spans a variety of media. His work has featured in numerous magazines and books including Eye Magazine, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading design journals, and Influences: A Lexicon of Contemporary Graphic Design Practice.
A writer on the 8 Faces team, he has also written for The Manual, 24 Ways, and .net magazine. As an internationally respected speaker he is invited to speak regularly on web standards and the importance of improving design education, and has spoken at conferences worldwide, including: Build, New Adventures and FOWD.
Murphy is passionate about publishing, particularly its future as we move from a world of atoms to bits. For over a decade he ran Fällt Publishing, an independent publishing house specialising in experimental music, fine art, design and criticism, which challenged the boundaries between physical and digital publishing. Though the company is no longer actively releasing works, its extensive site is maintained as an online archive.
Murphy is the publisher of Glyph, possibly the world’s most compact typography journal. Published weekly, Glyph offers a small, but carefully crafted dose of typographic inspiration, designed to widen designers’ typographic horizons and introduce them to typefaces they haven’t met yet.
Designed for BERG’s Little Printer, Glyph was one of the first publications to be approved by the BERG team, joining a prestigious line up of publications listed at Little Printer’s launch and sharing the top billing alongside the likes of The Guardian, The Times, BBC Worldwide, Google, Instagram and Foursquare. Fine company indeed.
As one half of tweed-clad duo The Standardistas, Murphy co-authored the seminal beginners' guide to web design HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions – A Web Standardistas' Approach, which has been celebrated as an essential guide for beginners embarking on a career designing for the web. He writes about design, web standards and assorted miscellany in a daily periodical for The Standardistas, tweeting via @standardistas.
Set in FF Tisa Web Pro, designed by Mitja Miklavčič, this site's real fonts are served by Typekit. The design of this site is – as of Saturday, 2 February, 2013 – under construction (a phrase used intentionally).