Some Awesome Experts

Happy International Women’s Day!

Last year, we celebrated by going on strike. This year, we’re introducing you to some experts on type, calligraphy, and lettering live from Robothon 2018 on Instagram. Follow along!

Top: Alessia Mazzarella, Noe Blanco, Nicolien van der Keur.
Middle: Linda Hintz, Irina Smirnova, Christine Gertsch.
Bottom: Sophie Caron, Monika Bartels, Françoise “Fransje” Berserik.

The process of lettering a pun

When I first heard about Alphabettes, the name immediately had my attention. As an appreciator of all things punny, I was intrigued. I soon found out it was a place where both women and their opinions were encouraged, and they gathered to talk type. They had lived up to their pun.

While I was savouring this wonderful name and going through the website, I couldn’t help notice the potential for another wordplay. The Hindi word for Daughter is बेटी (beti). It sounds a lot like “bette”. I relished the idea of Alpha bette doubling as “Alpha daughter” in Greek/Hindi. To make it sound more like the plural “Bettes” I pluralised the Hindi word बेटी (beti) using English rules to make it बेटीस (betis). If you’ve spent extended periods of time with me, you might be aware that punning is a serious sport for me and I sometimes tend to go overboard which is why I sat on this pun for about two years. It took me a while and a bit of encouragement to go public with this idea. When I finally wrote to the Alphabettes they green-lit this multilingual pun idea for their header swiftly much to my delight and relief.

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Type Touring 2018

Living in Australia is awesome but one of the toughest moments during the year is when the “type conference season” starts. If you — like me — suffer of major FOMO and don’t even want to open Twitter for weeks, maybe now is a good time to schedule a trip overseas and make it coincide with your favourite Type Conference! Some of them are listed below:

ISType Mono – Istanbul, TR
February 22, 2018

Typo Day – Mumbai, IN
March 1–3, 2018

Robothon – The Hague, NL
March 8–9, 2018

Type Drives Culture – New York City, US
March 23, 2018
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Alphacrit: March 16, 2018

Get out of your head and into a feedback session where two accomplished designers review your in-progress work. This month’s session, focusing on typeface design, will feature Veronika Burian and Laura Meseguer.

Veronika and Laura

Veronika is co-founder of the independent type foundry TypeTogether. Not only has Veronika released some amazing typefaces (hello Maiola!), she’s built a collaborative platform in TypeTogether, supporting not only the work of up-and-coming designers but some of our most accomplished and beloved, too. Learn more about Veronika.

Laura is a freelance graphic and type designer, and runs her own foundry Type-Ø-Tones. As if that weren’t enough, she has dedicated herself to helping others learn typography and type design through teaching and workshops. As such, she is the co-author of a very rare thing in type design — a book about type design — called “Cómo crear tipografías. Del boceto a la pantalla,” or “How to create typefaces: from sketch to screen.” Learn more about Laura.

What to expect: Four people will present in-progress work, each receiving approximately 10 minutes of feedback, with the entire session lasting about an hour. Participants will have the benefit of sitting in on the other critiques as well. To keep it focused, we suggest presenting either a single weight of a typeface or come prepared with a specific question about a multi-weight typeface. Specimens need to be ready about a week before the session so plan ahead!

When & where: Friday, March 16 at 3:00 pm UTC/GMT via video conferencing.

Who can participate: These sessions are open to everyone. Depending on demand, we may give preference to underrepresented groups. Those include, but are not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The four spots will be drawn lottery style.

How to apply: Fill out this form: Alphacrit application for March 16, 2018 It asks for some basic information, like your name, email address, and a description of your work. Nothing you can’t handle.

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

Questions: Still have questions? Send us an email.

Corsair and Conductor: a co-showcase

Yesterday was a good day for type releases designed or co-designed by women, so here’s a quick double showcase to commemorate the event.

Project: Corsair
Designer: Ksenya Samarskaya
Foundry: Rosetta Type
Team Members: Azamat Kodzoev, Micha Strukov, James Todd (Drawing); Mathieu Réguer (Post-production)
Published: 2018
Link: Corsair

Project: Conductor
Designers: Tobias Frere-Jones and Nina Stössinger
Foundry: Frere-Jones Type
Team Members: Fred Shallcrass
Published: 2018
Link: Conductor
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