Alphacrit: April 27, 2018

Ever wonder what Dana Tanamachi and Kelly Thorn think of your work? You can find out! The focus of this Alphacrit session is lettering, where Dana and Kelly will provide constructive feedback on your own works of lettering. Nicole Dotin will moderate to ensure a smooth crit. Read on to learn more.

Dana Tanamachi and Kelly Thorn

Dana Tanamachi began her career as a graphic designer, but serendipitously discovered she had a knack for creating large-scale chalk lettering murals — a trend which she pioneered beginning in 2009. Post-chalk, she now runs her Seattle-based company Tanamachi Studio where she blends her talents in lettering, design, and illustration for clients such as Nike, Target, West Elm, Instagram HQ, and the USPS. In 2017 she spent the entire year spearheading the ESV Illuminated Bible project, with over 500+ gold ink illustrations.

Kelly Thorn is a lettering artist and illustrator who runs the design studio Charles&Thorn with her husband Spencer Charles, whom she met while they were both working at Louise Fili, Ltd. Together, Kelly and Spencer specialize in lettering, type design, illustration, branding, packaging, book covers, and all of the intersections in between — including, but not limited to hand-poked tattoos!

What to expect: Four people will present their work or works-in-progress, each receiving approximately 10 minutes of feedback from Dana and Kelly. The entire session will last about an hour. Participants will have the benefit of sitting in on the other critiques as well. Work submitted for review can be anything from single lettered words, to logos, to lettered book covers. You may want to submit only one complicated piece or 5-10 smaller pieces to talk about your overall trajectory. Work samples need to be ready about a week before the session so plan ahead!

When & where: Friday, April 27 at 11 am Central (UTC -5) via video conferencing.

Who can participate: This session is open to everyone. Depending on demand, we will give preference to underrepresented groups and people who haven’t participated before. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. The four spots will be drawn lottery style.

How to apply: Fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/43f7f2l8zuJBJqIp2

The form asks for some very basic information, like your name and email address. Nothing you can’t handle.

Apply by: April 13, 2018

Questions: Still have questions? Send us an email.

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.

Congrats, But …

Two little tweets in an ocean of tweets. What harm can they do, especially when their message feels overwhelmingly positive?

Last week, Indian Type Foundry (ITF) sent out the following tweet in reaction to this showcase of type designers who also happen to be women:

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