A website for Alphacrit & the next crit

Website for Alphacrit

We are excited to announce a new website dedicated to Alphacrit, an initiative of the Alphabettes that organizes critique sessions. Since its beginning in 2018, we’ve held nine sessions over 2 years. 26 participants received expert feedback on their lettering projects or WIP typefaces with many more attending the livestreams. Another 20 or so got their questions about font production or OpenType features answered in special Q&A editions of Alphacrit. The new website brings all the information under one roof.

The next Alphacrit, the first to be announced on the new site, features María Montes and Isabel Urbina Peña who will review lettering projects on August 20. Read more about both our guests, the application process, and more when you visit our new website!

First Mentees Q & A video meeting

After a successful Q & A for mentors we organised a Q & A online session for mentees. Two previous mentees, Tatiana Lopéz and Samar Zureik, kindly shared their experiences and tips, and answered many great questions by the video participants, either new or current mentees.

Those who could not be present, but are interested in the recording, please drop an email to mentorship@alphabettes.org to get access to the video.

Alphacrit: June 19, 2020

We’re at it again! This time we’ve got a special Alphacrit session with Sahar Afshar and Naïma Ben Ayed focusing on Arabic type design. Sahar and Naïma will offer constructive feedback to four participants on their in-progress typefaces via Zoom. Sol Matas will host the session to keep everything running smoothly. Keep reading to learn more.

Join us!
Alphacrit will be livestreamed as a part of Typographics TypeLabs on June 19 at 18:00 pm BST (17:00 pm UTC).

Follow @TypographicsNYC for the link or keep checking their website until details are available.

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First Mentors Q&A meeting online

We have received some encouraging positive feedback on the first online Q&A session for mentors last Wednesday, 15 April 2020. Thank you for joining, it was great! Three current mentors, Sahar Afshar, Pilar Cano, and Petra Cerne-Oven, kindly shared their experiences and tips, and answered several questions by the attending mentors.

We also briefly described how the matching process works now: Once the mentee applies via the application form, we try to find the appropriate mentor, taking into account amongst other things location, mentee’s goals, mentor’s skill set, indicated duration, and conversation language. We also recommended a list of things should be defined with your mentee in the first meeting, including frequency of the meetings, the prevalent medium of communication, definition of the mentee’s goal, a reminder about the duration of the mentorship and that immediate feedback can’t be expected, as well an agreed method to cancel meetings to avoid frustration on both sides.

Those who could not be present, but are interested in the recording, please drop an email to mentorship@alphabettes.org to get access to the video.

Alphacrit: April 17, 2020

Each Alphacrit is planned many months in advance. Little did we know then what was in store for our future selves. Would we have continued planning, knowing our psyches would be full of just about everything but type design? In the midst of it all, I’ve found some small comfort in sticking to a few daily routines and exploring areas of interest I couldn’t before. If that resonates, we’re running this Alphacrit for you.

First, what is Alphacrit? It’s a virtual type design critique for four lucky participants picked at random. They’ll receive feedback on their in-progress typefaces by two seasoned type designers — Sara Soskolne of Hoefler & Co and Nicole Dotin of Process Type Foundry. Sol Matas will host the session to keep everything running smoothly.

Sara Soskolne and Nicole Dotin

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Mentorship update: February 4, 2020

We are happy to update that we are getting close to the relaunch of the Alphabettes mentorship program! We are now actively seeking new mentors.

If you are interested in becoming one of the Alphabettes mentors, please fill in this form

If you are interested in becoming a mentee on the program, please fill in this form

About the Alphabettes mentorship program

We are building a database of professionals willing to mentor less experienced people in the fields of type, typography, and the lettering arts. The aim is to give guidance to students and new professionals by sharing experiences and knowledge. Most mentees ask for portfolio guidance and career or educational advice. Some people simply look for a sounding board or an opportunity to discuss type related topics and to understand how they can get more involved in the lettering and type communities.

We check in periodically to ensure everyone is still happy with the arrangement and encourage both the mentor and the mentee to contact us if the relationship is not working for some reason. We would like to emphasise that the mentors are not expected to provide private tutoring or consultation. The program is open to everyone in our field, depending on demand, we may give preference to underrepresented groups.

Email us at mentorship@alphabettes.org for questions and we promise we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Alphacrit: January 17, 2020

Welcome to a brand new year and a brand new Q&A edition of Alphacrit. Instead of reviewing in-progress work during this session, Ulrike Rausch and Lila Symons will answer questions on a topic that is central to font life for type designers and type users alike—OpenType features.

Ulrike and Lila both have extensive experience in type design and font production. What’s more, they both specialize in developing script typefaces that are beautiful, experimental, utilitarian—or all of the above. Since writing OT features can be a tricky part of font production, Ulrike and Lila are the perfect pair to tackle some of the thornier questions type designers face.

Puzzled by positional alternates? Confounded by contextual alternates? Or struggling to understand what OpenType features can do for your font? We’ve all been there! During this live video conference, Ulrike and Lila will field questions submitted by you on OT features. There will naturally be an emphasis on script typefaces, but questions about writing OT features for non-script fonts are also welcome and encouraged. Everyone who wants to join this session will be accepted—registration is required, but it’s free, and it’s easy. Simply fill out the application (see below) and you’re on your way.

Want to know more about these OT feature experts? Read their bios below to learn about their backgrounds.

Lila Symons, left, and Ulrike Rausch, right.

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Alphacrit: 12 de julio 2019

Para que el Alphacrit pueda llegar y ayudar a más personas, la próxima sesión de Alphacrit será totalmente en español. Si necesitas de retroalimentación sobre tu trabajo de lettering ahora tendrás una excelente oportunidad. Las invitadas especiales de esta sesión son Nubia Navarro y Marova. Sol Matas será la moderadora. Sigue leyendo para descubrir más.

Nubia Navarro mejor conocida en redes sociales como Nubikini, es diseñadora gráfica de profesión. Nubia se especializa en la creación de letras digitales y manuales y trabaja en agencias de publicidad hace 6 años. Algunos de sus clientes son Adidas, Tiffany & Co., Sprite, Flowers of Colombia, Chocoramo y Adobe. Le encanta jugar con comida y fusionarla con las letras, la tipografía experimental es una de sus grandes pasiones.

Nubia Navarro

Nubia Navarro

Marova es una diseñadora gráfica y editorial dominicana especializada en el dibujo de letras y en la Caligrafía con Brush. Se inició profesionalmente trabajando en agencias de publicidad nacionales y multinacionales, y desde el 2013 que trabaja de manera independiente desde Marova Studio. Como Lettering Artist ha trabajado para marcas y empresas mediante la personalización de productos, desarrollo de líneas gráficas, identidad y la implementación en piezas de diseño y murales. Disfruta mucho trabajar tanto de manera análoga mediante papeles, pinturas, marcadores y gises, y también de manera digital.

Marova Studio

Marova Studio

Qué esperar: Cuatro personas van a presentar su proyecto o su trabajo en progreso. Cada persona recibe aproximadamente 10 minutos de crítica por parte de Nubia y Soy. La sesión completa va a durar alrededor de una hora. Cada participante se podrá beneficiar de presenciar las críticas realizadas a las otras participantes. El trabajo de lettering enviado para revisión podrá ser: palabras sueltas, logotipos o tapas de libros.

Por favor, envía solamente una pieza de lettering con cierta complejidad o 5-10 piezas más pequeñas para charlar sobre tu experiencia en general. Los ejemplos de trabajo tienen que estar listos una semana antes de la sesión, por eso, te rogamos que planifiques con tiempo.

Cuándo y dónde: viernes 12 de Julio, 12pm (GMT-5), a través de una videoconferencia.

Quién puede participar: La sesión estará abierta a cualquier persona. Dependiendo de la demanda, vamos a dar preferencia a grupos con baja representación y personas que no hayan participado antes. Grupos con baja representación incluyen, pero no están limitados, a: mujeres, personas de color, personas con discapacidad e individuos de la comunidad LGBTQ+.

Los cuatro lugares serán sorteados al azar.

Cómo participar: Completa este formulario https://forms.gle/AR3STZ7tz7JmuFGq6

Participa hasta: 5 de Julio

Preguntas: ¿tienes aún dudas? Envía un email: crit@alphabettes.org.

This Alphacrit is with the wonderful Nubia Navarro, aka Nubikini and Marova of Marova Studio. The critique will be held entirely in Spanish.

Mentorship update: June 29, 2019

For the past three months we have been making progress behind the scenes of our new and improved mentorship programme.

This is taking some time because sorting out our online privacy policy is more complicated than we anticipated. We want to make sure we are respecting your personal information. Our legal team is on it and we will be ready to go soon!

The Alphabettes mentorship program team