Education of a Typographer
Full List of Contributors [updated march 2005]
Education of a Typographer
to Huub Koch's Essay on
Type in this Book
the meaning of Trash
Caroline Archer studied for a Ph.D. in typography and graphic communication at the University of Reading. She now works as a freelance journalist and writer, specializing in the graphic arts, and is the author of a number of books.
Frank Armstrong is a lecturer in Communication Design at California State University, Chico, teaching typographic information design, kinetic typography, and an online digital prepublishing course. His professional work has been published in numerous journals and books, including Rob Carter’s American Typography Today. He has a MFA degree in graphic design from Yale University, and is a member of AIGA, AtypI, and IIID.
Jared Ash is an independent curator, translator, and lecturer on Russian avant-garde art and design. As curator of the Judith Rothschild Foundation from 1997 to 2002, he developed and catalogued the collection of Russian avant-garde books, periodicals, and related works that was donated to the Museum of Modern Art in 2001. He played a prominent role in preparing the collection for the MoMA exhibition, The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910–1934, and the accompanying catalog. He is currently working on a translation of the memoirs, correspondence, and theoretical writings of Aleksandr Rodchenko.
Tarek Atrissi, the founder of arabictypography.com, holds a MFA in design from the School of Visual Arts in New York, a MA in interactive multimedia from the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands, and a BA in graphic design in his homeland, Lebanon. His work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, and has been featured in numerous international design books and magazines.
Jonathan Barnbrook is a graphic designer and font designer. He lives and works in London. His previous projects include the design of the Damien Hirst monograph I Want To Spend . . . With Damien Hirst, a collaboration with the anti-advertising organization and magazine Adbusters, and design of the notorious typeface Manson, which was later renamed Mason. He currently runs his own radical font company, Virus.
Leslie Becker is chair of graphic design at the California College of the Arts, a design practitioner for thirty years, and an educator for twenty-five. She earned her BFA in graphic design from the Cooper Union and her MA in design from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been on the San Francisco board of the AIGA, presented at AIGA and AICAD national conferences, written for Print, the San Francisco Design Center, Graphis New Talent, and Design Book Review, and designs everything from custom furniture and lighting to print materials.
Nick Bell is director of UNA (London) designers, a graphic design company specializing in editorial, environmental, and exhibition design, working mostly in the cultural sector for museums, art galleries, universities, and publishers. Its client list includes the British Council, the Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, Tate Britain, Phaidon Press, and the Royal Mail. In 1997 he was appointed art director of Eye. An entire issue of Emigre (no. 22, 1992) was devoted to his work and teaching.
D. Berry is an editor/typographer who works on both sides of the design/content divide. He is the former editor and publisher of U&lc (“Upper and lowercase”) and of U&lc Online, and he edited the book Language Culture Type on international type design, published for ATypI by Graphis. He writes and consults extensively on typography, and has won numerous awards for his book designs.
Tony Brock joined the North Carolina State faculty in 1999, and has taught undergraduate courses focusing on montage, serial, and sequential imaging, as well as introductory and experimental typography. On the graduate level, he has taught motion and interactive design. His research interests focus on broadcast distance education, motion graphics, and ephemera. Brock’s teaching and design works have been published in AIGA’s Loop, Typographics, the ACD 100 Show, and Jan van Toorn’s Design Beyond Design. Prior to teaching, he held several positions in design and advertising, completing work for clients including Nokia, Philips, and Whittle Communications.
Steven Brower is the creative director for Print magazine. He teaches design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Publication Design (published by Delmar Publishing).
Chuck Byrne is on the graphic design faculty at San Jose State University. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati and the California College of Arts and Crafts. His design work has appeared in Communication Arts, Idea, ID, Graphis, and Print. In addition to serving as a contributing editor to Print magazine for over a decade, he has also written for Eye, the AIGA Journal, and Emigre magazines, and his articles have been included in Looking Closer and Design Culture (Allworth Press).
Art Chantry has been doing graphic design for thirty years. In that time he has won hundreds of awards and been included in museum shows and exhibits ranging from Cannes to the Louvre to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He had two 2003 exhibitions in New York, including a one-man career retrospective display at PS1/MoMA.
Laura Chessin earned a BFA from Cornell University and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She maintained a design practice in Amherst, Massachusetts, for almost a decade prior to accepting her current faculty position in the communication arts and design department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her current work includes both professional design work as well as a photo and text documentation of safe shelters for domestic violence.
Joseph Coates is an assistant professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
James Craig is the author of books on graphic design, including Designing with Type. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University. Now semi-retired, Mr. Craig was the design director for Watson-Guptill Publications, and is a lifetime member of the New York Art Directors Club and former member of AIGA. At present he teaches typography and design at the Cooper Union and lectures widely. His type teaching Web site is
Denise Gonzales Crisp has taught five levels of typography at four institutions over twelve years. She is chair of graphic design at the College of Design, North Carolina State University. From 1997 to 2001 she was senior designer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where she also taught as core faculty in the graduate media design program. Her studio SuperStove! has served clients including Artext magazine, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and several small presses. She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
Johanna Drucker is the Robertson Professor at the University of Virginia, where she directs the Media Studies Program. She has published and lectured on the history of writing, typography, graphic design, book arts, visual poetry, and digital aesthetics. Her published titles include The Alphabetic Labyrinth, The Visible Word, and The Century of Artists’ Books.
Ed Fella is an artist, educator, and graphic designer whose work has had an important influence on contemporary typography. In 1997 he received the Chrysler Award, and in 1999 an Honorary Doctorate from CCS in Detroit. His work is in the National Design Museum and MOMA in New York. His book, Edward Fella: Letters on America, Photographs and Lettering, juxtaposes examples of his unique hand lettering with his photographs of found vernacular lettering.
Geoffry Fried is chair of the design department at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, where he teaches courses in graphic design and typography. He has been a designer and design educator for the past twenty years, and has taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Keith Godard was trained at the London College of Printing and Graphic Art. He won a scholarship to the MFA program at Yale University. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale, teaches design at F.I.T and in the School of Visual Arts MFA design program, and is the author of This Way That Way, published by Lars Muller Publications.
Shelley Gruendler is a designer and typographer working in the United States and England. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the department of typography and graphic communication at the University of Reading, and will soon publish a biography of Beatrice Warde.
Allan Haley is director of words and letters at Agfa Monotype. Here he is responsible for adding new designs to the Monotype and ITC typeface libraries and producing educational content for the Fonts.com and ITCFonts.com Web sites. He is the author of five books on type and graphic communication and hundreds of articles for publications such as U&lc, How, Dynamic Graphics, and STEP Inside Design.
Claire Hartten is currently living in London pursuing postgraduate design studies, and is involved with the St. Bride Printing
Steven Heller is co-chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA/Design program, art director of the New York Times Book Review, and editor, author, and co-author of more than eighty books on graphic design, typography, illustration, and popular art.
Terry Irwin is a design consultant working with businesses and schools around the country. In 1992 she cofounded the San Francisco office of MetaDesign with partners Bill Hill and Erik Spiekermann, and served as creative director for ten years. Terry is on the faculty of California Arts and Crafts and has lectured at schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, and North Carolina State University. She has her graduate degree from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland.
Michael Johnson is creative director of Johnson Banks, a design consultancy in London, and chairman of education for British Design and Art Direction (D&AD). He is the author of Problem Solved: A Primer for Design and Communication (Phaidon Press).
David Jury has gained typographic awards from NYTC, ICOGRADA, and ISTD. He is currently the editor of TypoGraphic, the journal of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). He has written two books: In Darkest England: Observing the Observers of Mass Observation 1937–1939, 1998 (boxed set, letterpress printed, limited edition) and About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography (Rotovision Books, 2002). He also edited TypoGraphic Writing: An Anthology of Writing from Thirty Years of TypoGraphic. His articles have been published in Eye and Baseline. He is also head of graphic media at Colchester Institute, U.K.
Jeffrey Keedy is a designer, writer, type designer, and educator who has been teaching in the graphic design program at the California Institute of the Arts since 1985. He was the director of the design program at CalArts between 1991 and 1995. His designs and essays have been published in Eye, I.D., Emigre, Critique, Idea, Looking Closer One, Two, and Four, Faces on the Edge: Type in the Digital Age, New Design: Los Angeles, and The Education of a Graphic Designer.
Emily King is a design historian and the design editor of the art magazine Frieze. She edited Peter Saville’s monograph Designed by Peter Saville, and was on the jury of the 2003 Designer of the Year award held at London’s Design Museum.
Max Kisman is principal of MKDSGN, Mill Valley, California, and founder of Holland Fonts, a small type foundry for his typefaces. Born in the Netherlands, Kisman, was a pioneer in digital technology in the mid-1980s, and is an award-winning designer and illustrator whose work includes magazines, posters, and postage stamps. He teaches graphic design and typography at the California College of the Arts and at the UC Berkeley Extension, both in San Francisco.
Huub Koch is a senior Web designer with his roots in graphic design, advertising, art, photography, stage design, and writing. Since 1999, he has pondered the nature of content, the attitude of being personal, and the gentle art of creating good vibrations. The results of these reflections can be found at
Katherine McCoy, a senior lecturer at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design in Chicago, co-chaired the department of design at Cranbrook for twenty-four years. She is a partner of McCoy & McCoy and High Ground Tools Strategies for Design.
Pablo A. Medina serves on the faculty of Parsons School of Design as professor of design and typography, and has also taught at Maryland Institute College of Art. Pablo has recently launched Cubanica, an art and design studio dedicated to the exploration and interpretation of culture.
Martin Mendelsberg is a typographer and graphic designer. He earned his BFA degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Denver. His foreign study has included Atelier 63, the Netherlands, and he was lecturer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is currently chair of graphic design and interactive media at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver.
Chris Myers has over fifteen years experience teaching at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of the Arts, where he served as chairman of the graphic design department for seven years. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the American Center for Design and is an on-site accreditation evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. There are at least six people with the same name (and exact spelling) working today in the fields of graphic design, photography, and illustration. This one lives in Philadelphia.
Hank Richardson is president of Portfolio Center in Atlanta, one of the most renowned schools for the communicating arts in America. A chronic insomniac, he spends the wee hours conjugating verbs like charette and preparing for his 5 A.M. classes, events famous for their heated debates and hot Krispy Kremes. He is also an AIGA Fellow and a founding member of AIGA/Atlanta.
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York–based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993, and has since designed graphics and packaging for the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, and Pat Metheny. His work has been nominated four times for the Grammies and has won most international design awards. He teaches in the School of Visual Arts MFA/Design program. His monograph, titled Sagmeister, Made You Look, was published by Booth-Clibborn Editions in 2001.
Martha Scotford, book designer, author, and professor of graphic design at North Carolina State University, teaches design history, typography, and design studios. She is the author of articles on design and type history, the book Cipe Pineles: a Life of Design, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1999, and a principal collaborator on For the Voice: Mayakovsky and Lissitzky, published by Artists Bookworks and the British Library in 2000. She spent early 2001 in India as a Fulbright lecturer, teaching typography and Western design history.
Michael Schmidt is an associate professor at the University of Memphis, where he teaches undergraduate through graduate courses in graphic design. Michael volunteers his time and design services to Global Goods, a Memphis nonprofit dedicated to fair trade and fair wages for coffee growers and artists living in developing nations.
Paul Shaw is a letter designer and graphic design historian. He has taught typography at Parsons School of Design since 1990. He is the co-author of the monograph and catalogue accompanying the exhibition “Blackletter: Type and National Identity.”
Laurie Szujewska is a graphic designer and typographer. Her studio, shoe yév skä design, is based in Sonoma County, California.
Teal Triggs is director of postgraduate studies, faculty of art, design and music, Kingston University, London. She has written extensively on graphic design, typography, and feminism, with her most recent book titled The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovation in Contemporary Type Design (Thames & Hudson, 2003). She is a fellow of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and a founding member of the Women’s Design + Research Unit (WD+RU).
Doyald Young has been a designer, lecturer, and teacher for twenty-seven years specializing in lettering, logo design, and typography at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of Logotypes & Letterforms and Fonts & Logos, and The Art of the Letter (Smart Papers).
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