Country of origin: USA
In which Residency Program did you participate?
Typography as Language, 2016
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I first heard about the program through social media, and later was asked to be a TA. It sounded like a terrific launching point to develop my skills and learn more about type design. While I have experience designing type, I'd never studied it in a formal classroom setting, and the opportunity to dedicate four weeks of focused time to it was extremely valuable.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
With a different instructor every week and various guest critiques, our group was exposed to different perspectives toward drawing type that helped us get a fuller picture of the history, functionality, and process of designing type. It was very special to get to learn from so many accomplished teachers through the different stages of designing our own typefaces.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional designer?
The Residency Program contributed to my professional development on two fronts: Firstly, I learned so much about type that has directly improved my own work in type design, and the way I use type as a graphic designer. Secondly, the opportunities to meet so many prominent people in the type and design world—teachers, critics, studio visits, guest lecturers, and so on—offers a unique personal connection to leaders in this industry.
What's going on in your studio now?
In addition to working full time as an environmental graphic designer at Gensler, I am continuing to work on the typeface I began in Typography as Language. I'm refining it further and building it out into more weights to create a full family.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
Typography as Language was an extraordinary experience. It's hard to pinpoint how much of what I learned was taught directly, and how much was simply absorbed from the solid month of focus, practice and excursions like workshops and studio visits, but I know I can work more intelligently and with better intuition than prior to participating in the program. I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about type and more capable in designing it.
It's hard to pinpoint how much of what I learned was taught directly, and how much was simply absorbed from the solid month of focus, practice and excursions.