Instructors



Nicole Dotin

Co-founder, lead instructor of Latin One and Two

Nicole is a typeface designer and partner at the Process Type Foundry, located in her adopted home state of Minnesota, USA. Working at a small independent type foundry for more than 15 years has allowed her to flex her generalist tendencies, handling everything from designing custom typefaces to brokering large licensing deals to diving into font production. Her retail releases include Elena and Pique.

Nicole started her career as a graphic designer working for a community arts organization. Before that, she received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in visual studies (a.k.a. graphic design). She later took on the role of educator and taught typography and web design at her alma mater. She has enjoyed watching her students develop their own successful careers. Some of them are even type designers.

While Nicole could have happily continued teaching, she left her position at MCAD to attend the University of Reading, where she received an MA in typeface design with distinction. That smooth sentence belies just how difficult it was for her to achieve that: writing, a central component of the MA, is one of Nicole’s great foes.

Since then, she has become an active part of the type design community. She is a member of Alphabettes, founded Alphacrit, has given workshops at ATypI and TypoLabs, and has judged SOTA’s Typography Award and Catalyst Award, as well as the TDC’s annual type design competition. If you want to know more, try the Process Type website.

Sol Matas

Co-founder, lead instructor of Latin One and Two

Sol lives and breathes type design in her beloved adopted city of Berlin. From her sunny studio, she collaborates with an international type and design community.

Type design found and claimed her during her formative years at Universidad de Buenos Aires. She mingled and shared classes with architects, and those technical ideas infused her design methodology with the functional precision of an engineer. After spending time at Saatchi & Saatchi, she set out on her own, and formed a new studio.

Client projects have led her to research glyphs for Cyrillic, Greek, Oriya, and Devanagari, uncovering the history and meaning of the strokes.

She lectures and teaches type design around the world, and her type projects have been selected for the European Design Awards, the Bienal Tipos Latinos, Sello Buen Diseño 10° Edition, and the International Typography Congress in Valencia.

Building community and organizations is second nature to her. Collaborations and contributions include: board member of the Type Directors Club, typefaces for The Typecraft Initiative in India, women’s network Alphabettes, Typographica, Berlin’s Typostammtisch, and her own Hungry Type Society.

Kimya Gandhi

Lead instructor, Intro to Devanagari

Kimya Gandhi is a type designer from Mumbai with a passionate interest in Indic type design. Kimya holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Design from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bombay. She further went on to pursue specialization in the form of M.Des in Visual Communication at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. She got her professional start interning at Linotype in 2010. Over the next few years she freelanced for several type foundries catering to their multi-script requirements. In 2015 she became a partner at Mota Italic and now focuses on Indic and Latin designs for retail and custom corporate projects.

When not drawing typefaces, Kimya regularly teaches type design and typography at several design institutes. She also stays active creating custom wedding invitations.

Veronika Burian

Visiting panelist, Latin Two

Veronika Burian, born in Czech Republic, is a product and type designer running the international indie foundry TypeTogether with co-founder José Scaglione since 2006, today with thirteen employees working around the world. She graduated from FH München, Germany, in Industrial Design and holds a MA with distinction in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK. Veronika is one of the organisers of the Alphabettes mentorship program, co-chairwoman of the GRANSHAN project, co-curator/organiser of TypeTech MeetUp, and guest lecturer at conferences and at universities around the world.

Fer Cozzi

Visiting critic, Latin Two

Fer Cozzi is an independent type designer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She obtained her diploma at the University of Buenos Aires, where she teaches in the Master in typeface design. Talkative and passionate about letters, some of her work has been selected for renowned typography exhibitions and has participated in various typography conferences and events around the world. In her work she seeks to explore rhythms, shapes and strokes where randomness and a not-so-obvious rationality meet. When she’s not drawing letters, she’s probably dancing to the rhythm of 90s pop.

Romina Hernández

Visiting panelist, Latin Two

Romina Hernández is a type designer, programmer, rotulista (sign painter) and ocassional woodworker from México City.

She holds a bachelor in Industrial Design, is a self taught graphic designer and graduated from the TypeMedia program in the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands.

These days she mostly spends her time making typefaces, doing font production work, as well as design and creative coding projects and tools for other creatives with the assistance of her marvelous team at Tortilla.studio. When not designing, you can usually find her at home making tea, playing with cumbia beats or working on her bikes. She’s also a proudly trans feminist and a crazy cat lady.

Amy Hood

Visiting panelist, Latin Two

Amy Hood is a designer and co-founder of Hoodzpah, Inc, a brand identity studio in Southern California that has worked with companies like Disney, 20th Century, Nike, The Lakers, Target, and Red Bull. Amy's logo and identity work centers around custom lettering solutions. She is the font designer behind Palm Canyon Drive, Beale, and Beverly Drive. When she's not stress-watching Laker games, Amy can be found at the beach plein-air doodling and practicing her Smashball back hand. She co-authored the book “Freelance, and Business, and Stuff: A Guide for Creatives” (and it's related online course) with her sister Jennifer based on the Professional Practices class they taught at Laguna College of Art & Design.

Maria Montes

Visiting lecturer, Latin One

Maria Montes is an independent lettering designer and illustrator specialised in branding assets and calligraphy education. Originally from Barcelona, she moved to Australia in 2006 where she currently resides.

Her multidisciplinary practice expands across brand identity, packaging illustration, custom lettering, editorial, fashion, art and culture. She has been teaching calligraphy independently since 2014.

Maria studied a Postgraduate Course in Advanced Typography in Barcelona and a Condensed Program in Typeface Design at Type@Cooper in NYC. In 2018 she released her first display chromatic font family called Green Fairy.

Marie Otsuka

Visiting panelist, Latin Two

Marie Otsuka is a Brooklyn-based designer drawing type at Occupant Fonts, where she also develops tools and websites. Independently, she also works with a range of organizations and artists as a graphic designer and web developer. Marie’s teaching practice is centered on the intersection of typography and the web, including studio courses and workshops at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons The New School, School of Visual Arts, California College of Art, and the Letterform Archive. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from RISD and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago.

Parimal Parmar

Visiting lecturer, Intro to Devanagari

Parimal Parmar is a designer based in India. His interests revolve around multi-script typeface design, identity and art. He has collaborated and published fonts with foundries like Typotheque and Indian Type Foundry. After completing his Master's from Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT) in 2021, he resumed his research and design practices in India and continues teaching in various design schools across the country.

Ulrike Rausch

Visiting lecturer, Latin Two

In 2009 Berlin-based type designer Ulrike Rausch founded her own type foundry called LiebeFonts, providing high-quality typefaces with a charming personality and obsessive attention to detail. Her growing portfolio of handwriting fonts has been used in publications, advertisements, and websites all around the world. She also creates custom typefaces for clients. When Ulrike is not busy with her next font release, she enjoys teaching at art schools and giving type design workshops in her studio.

Together with letterer and writer Chris Campe, she wrote the book “Making Fonts!”, a comprehensive guide to type design and font production.

In 2020 Ulrike decided to hit the books again in order to get her Master’s degree at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She successfully graduated in September 2022 with a great deal new knowledge about machines and technologies that reproduce handwriting.

Aleksandra Samuļenkova

Visiting lecturer and critic, Latin Two

Aleksandra is a Latvian-born type designer based in the Netherlands. She graduated from the TypeMedia master program at KABK in The Hague. Her award-winning typeface Pilot is among the few contemporary type designs to be cast in metal. For several years, Aleksandra worked as a type designer at LucasFonts in Berlin; after that, moved to the Netherlands, where she pursued independent projects and joined Bold Monday to work on Cyrillic and Greek extensions of the IBM Plex type family.

Alice Savoie

Visiting lecturer, Latin Two

Alice Savoie is a graduate from École Duperré and École Estienne in Paris, and holds an MA in Typeface Design and a PhD in type history from the University of Reading (UK). Between 2008 and 2010 she joined Monotype as an in-house type designer, working on custom projects for international clients. She currently teaches type design at Écal Lausanne (CH) and supervises research projects at Atelier National de Recherche Typographique in Nancy (FR). From 2018—2021 she was the principal researcher on the Leverhulme-funded ‘Women in Type’ project at the University of Reading with Prof. Fiona Ross. She co-edits the Pamphlet collection at Poem editions with Jérôme Knebusch, and is a member of the Atypi and Alphabettes networks.

Pooja Saxena

Visiting lecturer, Latin Two

An award-winning typeface and graphic designer, Pooja Saxena divides her time between being a team member at TypeTogether, and her own independent practice, Matra Type. Her work focuses on design in and for Indic scripts, notably Devanagari, and studying typographic visual languages that emerge in India. She is a devoted collector of ephemera and chronicler of street lettering, and writes a newsletter about type and design curiosities called I Spy with my Typographic Eye.

Aashim Tyagi

Visiting lecturer, Intro to Devanagari

Aashim Tyagi is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, graphic design and text.

His photographs are observational and intimate, exploring the themes of memory, time, displacement and longing.

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