TYPO San Francisco 2014

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Emmet Byrne

As Design Director at the Walker Art Center, Emmet provides creative leadership and strategic direction for the Walker’s brand identity in all areas of visual communication, including publications, exhibition graphics, special installations, institutional campaigns, web design, and assorted ephemera. He also oversees its publishing program and design studio. He is one of the minds and hands behind Task Newsletter and has recently collaborated with the Near Future Laboratory. Byrne is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Design and served as adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2004–2008. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the magazines Metropolis, I.D., Idea (Japan), Graphic (Korea), Adbusters, Windhover, Step, Abitare, Grafik, Creative Review, Artforum, and ArtAsiaPacific, as well as the books Design for Communication, Fully Booked, and Studio Culture. His work has been included in the exhibitions Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (Architecture Association), The Live Archive of The Generational: Younger than Jesus (New Museum), Work Product: Designs from the Walker Art Center (Herron School of Art & Design), The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space (CCA Wattis ICA) and De Zines (La Casa Encendida).


Lisa Congdon

Since 2007, Oakland artist Lisa Congdon has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, The Land of Nod, Harper Collins Publishing, The Obama Campaign, and Simon & Schuster. Best known for her colorful paintings, hand lettering and intricate line drawings, Lisa illustrates books and stationery and licenses her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to making art full time, Lisa writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both released by Chronicle Books in 2014.


Denise Gonzales Crisp

“Bi-located” in Los Angeles and Raleigh, Denise Gonzales Crisp is a graphic designer and Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. Her design and writing is published internationally in design publications — including Design and Culture Journal, Items, and Eye — and anthologiessuch as All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives. Her work has been included in several exhibitions. She is author of Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames & Hudson 2012).

Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas

Artist (San Francisco)

Emory Douglas created the visual identity for the Black Panther Party and his iconic images came to symbolize the struggles of the movement. As the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s, Douglas’s work, described as ‘Militant Chic’, featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther. His work was characterized by strong graphic images of young African Americans men, women and children. He used the newspaper’s popularity to spur people to action, portraying the poor with empathy and as being unapologetic and ready to struggle for basic human rights.

Douglas continues to create art with social and political concerns art that transcends borders.

Selected exhibitions (solo):

Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2007–8
Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, Urbis, Manchester, UK, 2008–9
New Museium of Contemporary Art, New York 2009
ZAPANTERA: EDLO Art Space, San Cristóbal De La Casa, Chiapas Mexico 2012
Vertigo Galeria, Mexico City, October 2013

Aaron Draplin

Aaron James Draplin

Graphic Designer (Portland)

Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Dawes, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and, Occasional Usage of Big Words.


Elliott Earls

Elliott Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Earls has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. His work as a designer, performer, and artist is represented in major collections including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum, and The Miami Art Museum. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach. As a performance artist Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group. Earls has performed globally including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Maison des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. Earls’ work as an artist has been exhibited widely including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.


Sibylle Hagmann

Sibylle Hagmann started her career in Switzerland after earning a BFA from the Basel School of Design in 1989. She explored her passion for type design and typography while completing her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Over the years she developed award-winning typeface families such as Cholla and Odile. Cholla was originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design in 1999 and released by the type foundry Emigre in the same year. The typeface family Odile, published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan, among others. Her typeface collections are available from Kontour.com, a type foundry launched in 2012.


Norman Hathaway

Norman Hathaway is an art director and design historian whose primary focus is underappreciated design personalities. He is the author of the acclaimed graphic-social history Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art, and Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, co-authored with Dan Nadel. He has led creative initiatives for institutions including The Design Museum, London and the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as artists including Paul McCartney. He has taught widely on the history of design and typography for the London College of Printing, The Royal College of Art, and Goldsmiths College.


Jan en Randoald

Jan W. Hespeel (1972) and Randoald Sabbe (1973) graduated respectively in the free graphics and graphic design department at Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium. They were very polite to each other but never had a conversation. They started to teach at Sint-Lucas in 1997 and soon a certain synergy appeared. In 2004 they started their collaboration and named their studio “Jan en Randoald”. It is now one of the most awarded graphic design studios in Belgium. Some of their clients: Antwerpse Musea, STAM/Stadsmuseum Gent, Concertzaal De Bijloke, Witte Zaal, De Werf Brugge, Theater Artemis & Véronique Branquinho. About their work: “We sit back in front of our computer screen and discuss a lot until one gives a pass and the other one scores!”

Josh Higgins

Josh Higgins

Creative Director / Facebook (San Francisco)

Currently manager for the Communication Design team at Facebook, a multidisciplinary team of art directors, designers, writers, film makers, and engineers who’s mission is brand development and communication for Facebook. In 2013 Josh concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. As the Design Director, Josh built and led the design team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. The responsibility of Josh and the team was to design the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. A main focus of his was on creating a uniform message and consistent visual language across all mediums. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh’s work has earned him national honors.

Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to social causes. Finding creative ways to support them has manifested into successful exhibits and charitable projects, like The Hurricane, So-Cal and Haiti Poster Projects in addition to lecture series with photographers, designers and film makers with proceeds donated to various charitable organizations.

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Stacy-Marie Ishmael

Stacy-Marie Ishmael lives at the intersection of media, technology, and finance. She is Vice President of Communities at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is responsible for deepening the FT’s relationship with its audience across an increasing number of channels. Prior to this role, Ishmael was the product manager at Percolate Industries Inc, a technology startup. She lectures on topics ranging from Wall Street to business models at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and its affiliate, the Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.


Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan is an LA-based design educator and graphic designer. After almost 15 years in the business, she still has no proper web presence. She is an assistant professor of Graphic Design program (BFA and MFA) at Otis College of Art and Design. Her client-based work focuses on print design for cultural institutions. Her work has been recognized by the ACD and the New York Art Director’s Club. Her output has appeared in various publications, including Graphic Design in the 21st Century, Etapes, Print, Graphis, and I Used To Be A Design Student. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts.

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René Knip

René Knip studied at the Academy of visual Arts St.Joost, Breda, The Netherlands. René initially planned to become a painter, but an important teacher, type designer and calligrapher Chris Brand, stimulated his fascination for lettering, calligraphy and typography. For this reason he switched to the applied arts. He graduated with distinction in 1990. After an intensive training of three years as the assistant designer to Anthon Beeke, he started his own atelier in 1992. Atelier René Knip concentrates on graphic design at the dividing line between flat and three-dimensional works. Knip calls it the “2-1/2 dimension”. In his opinion this is a fallow land, a largely unexplored field. Other typical ARK interests are the miraculous effects between the male and the female: the autonomic possibilities of the applied graphic art; the independency of material and colour; and type design and calligraphy as visual tools. ARKTYPE.NL was launched in 2012, 25 architectural type related projects which he designed together with graphic designer Janno Hahn. These spatial letter tools will be for sale on the internet.

Boris Kochan

Boris Kochan

Boris Kochan is designer and entrepreneur, publisher, consultant and founder of the branding agency Kochan & Partner. Following his training in layout and typography, he gained professional experience in journalism at the German daily, Süddeutsche Zeitung, in a typesetting studio and in a lithography department. In 1981, Boris Kochan, together with friends, co-founded a studio for graphic design and text, adding the departments of type setting and lithography two years later. In 1989, Zelig-Druck was added, and in 1995 the interactive unit Peppermind became part of the group. With more than 60 employees, Kochan & Partner is one of the 10 largest owner-managed agencies for branding in Germany. Boris Kochan is chairman of the Granshan type design competition and part of the jury of numerous competitions of typography and design. In April 2007, he was elected chairman of the Typographische Gesellschaft München, in June 2007 he was appointed to the German Committee of the Type Directors Club of New York and in 2011 he became a board member at iF Industrie Forum Design e.V.

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Prem Krishnamurthy

Prem Krishnamurthy is a New York-based designer and curator. As a founding principal of award-winning design studio Project Projects, he has collaborated with clients including the Art Institute of Chicago, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Field Operations, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, Istanbul Design Biennial, M+ Museum, MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT, Steven Holl Architects, Vera List Center for Art & Politics, Whitney Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery. Project Projects is a two-time finalist for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s National Design Awards. Prem is also the founding director/curator of P!, a multidisciplinary exhibition space in New York City’s Chinatown. Positioned between a commercial gallery and a “Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle,” P!’s exhibitions with Åbäke, Mel Bochner, Katarina Burin, Oliver Laric, Margaret Lee, Karel Martens, Brian O’Doherty, Sarah Oppenheimer, Société Réaliste, Kit Yi Wong, and others have been covered by publications including Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Design Observer, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He has edited books such as MATRIX / Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (with Elizabeth Thomas) and Speculation, Now: Essays and Artworks (with Vyjayanthi Rao and Carin Kuoni, forthcoming). Prem is the Associate Editor of the art journal Paper Monument and serves on the Board of Directors of the online magazine Triple Canopy. His occasional live program, “Perchance: A Talkshow of P’s” premiered in Fall / Winter 2013 at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.


Gabriel Martínez Meave

Gabriel Martínez Meave is a graphic and typographic designer, illustrator and calligrapher. He was born and lives in Mexico City, working at his studio Kimera and his foundry KTF. Meave has designed custom fonts for national clients such as Telcel, the financial diary El Economista, Jumex, and El Palacio de Hierro department stores, as well as the institutional typeface for the Mexican federal government. His original fonts Arcana and Organica are distributed by Adobe Systems. He has executed design, illustration and lettering projects for Corona beer, P&G, McMillan, Pearson Education, FCE, and diverse publications, books, ad agencies, publishers, and design firms.

Meave teaches calligraphy and typography at Universidad Anáhuac and gives workshops and lectures in Mexico and abroad. He has received five awards from the Type Directors Club of New York and three from the ATypI, and has had several typefaces selected for Tipos Latinos biennials in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Phaidon Books’ juried guide to graphics, Area_2, published in 2009, included Meave as one of the 100 most important emergent designers in the world today.


Luna Maurer from Moniker

Moniker is an Amsterdam based design studio founded in 2012 by Luna Maurer, Jonathan Puckey and Roel Wouters. With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, we work on commissioned design projects while also investing in projects of an autonomous and experimental nature. The studio works across various media for a diverse range of clients, from those in the cultural field to commercial companies. With our projects, we explore the social effects of technology — how we use it and how it influences our daily lives. Often, we ask the public to take part in the development of our projects. The resulting projects expand and grow like plants, displaying their inner organizational processes. Moniker specializes in interactive, print, video, physical installation and performance-based work.


Victor Moscoso

Victor Moscoso is one of the premier artists of the psychedelic era. Raised in Brooklyn, he attended both Cooper Union and Yale (where he studied with Joseph Albers) before moving to San Francisco in the late 1950s. There he became a primary architect of the burgeoning underground hothouse that would produce brilliant posters, comic books, and album covers. Moscoso’s facility with color relationships and his remarkable ability to seamlessly blend images and lettering into a single entity was used to create a series of groundbreaking concert posters that propelled him to international fame. His posters feature dizzying hand lettering that push the very limits of negative space, and fierce battles between foreground and background. Along with Robert Crumb he was a founding member of the groundbreaking underground comic Zap Comix. Moscoso also designed numerous album covers for Jerry Garcia, Herbie Hancock and others.

Gemma O’Brien

Gemma O’Brien

Illustrator, Typographer, Lettering Artist (Sydney)

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specialising in hand-lettering, illustration and typography. She has created work for clients including Woolworths, QANTAS, Heinz, The New York Times, Volcom, Angus & Julia Stone, Monster Children, Smirnoff and Kirin.  Gemma has also worked in art direction for motion graphics at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete. In addition to commercial work, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows and she hosts hand-lettering workshops across Australia. She has presented at design conferences including TYPO Berlin, TYPO San Francisco,  Semi Permanent,  agIdeas International Design Forum, and Typism. In her spare time she travels and illustrates puke-puns on airsick bags for The Spew Bag Challenge. Gemma is represented by The Jacky Winter Group and is a Volcom Womens Ambassador for creative and art based projects.


Maria Popova

Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, psychology, and more. She has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Fellow.


Dan Rhatigan

Senior Manager, Adobe Type

Dan Rhatigan works with Adobe Typekit in New York as the Senior Manager of Adobe Type. He has over 25 years of eclectic experience in various industries as a typesetter, graphic designer, typeface designer, and teacher, including several years in London and New York serving as Type Director for Monotype. He has a BFA in graphic design from Boston University, and MA in typeface design from the University of Reading in the UK, and a very tattered passport.

David Jonathan Ross

David Jonathan Ross

Type Designer (Los Angeles)

David Jonathan Ross draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. He joined The Font Bureau in 2007, and his typefaces include Manicotti and Trilby, reversed stress slabs; Condor, a high contrast sans; Turnip, a rugged bookface; and Input, an extensive family designed for computer programming. David often shares his love of letters through lectures and workshops, and curates Retro Script L.A., a collection of cursive signage in his home town of Los Angeles.


Martha Kelly Schumann

Martha Kelly Schumann is a self-taught Software Engineer who writes rad software at Uber. She began her career as an artist and has her BFA in Art/Design from Auburn University. During the summer of 2012 a twist of fate brought Martha to Hacker School in NYC where she fell head-over-heels in love with programming. As a result Martha founded LadiesHackDay and is focused on lowering the barrier to entry for other women in programming. She is also quite fond of whiskey, cats, macarons, peonies, and Twitter.


Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay Stocks is Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, and co-founder of Viewport Industries. His work can often be seen in books, blogs, and magazines. His client portfolio includes Virgin, Microsoft, Brooklyn Beta, Smashing Magazine, and MailChimp. He gives talks at events including An Event Apart, TYPO, South by Southwest, and Web Directions, and writes for publications such as Codex: The Journal of Typography, .Net, and Computer Arts. He lives and works in the countryside near Bristol, England, with his wife and their dog.



Yanone, born in 1982 in Dresden, East Germany, is a young graphic and type designer, multimedia artist, disc jockey and sound system operator currently residing in a commune just outside of Weimar in the heart of Germany. After spending nine years of his childhood and early youth in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, due to a his fathers’ professorship at the capital’s university he returned to unified Germany to finish his secondary education.

He commenced studies of Information Technology at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar in 2002 and switched to Visual Communications two years later. His seven university years also brought him to the design and branding office SYNTAX in Amman, Jordan and to FontShop International in Berlin. There he learned the technical skills necessary to produce high quality typefaces which cemented his ongoing development as a type designer and technician.

He completed his studies in Weimar in 2009 with a rather extensive type design project, a Latin/Arabic typeface for Jordan’s capital Amman. In 2011 Yanone completed the Type & Media type design masters degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag where he tried to improve his calligraphy and type design skills. He is working freelance ever since.

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George Zisiadis

George Zisiadis

Interactive Artist, Designer (San Francisco)

George Zisiadis is an interactive artist and designer who wants to make you smile. He creates things that are fun and wonderful. His studio produces creative projects both independently and in collaboration with brands and institutions. He’d love to meet you. George@GeorgeLovesYou.com


Stephen Coles

Stephen Coles

Writer, Typographer (Oakland, California)

Stephen Coles is an editor and typographer living in Oakland and Berlin. He publishes Fonts In Use and Typographica, consults with type foundries on editorial content and with various organizations on typeface selection and licensing.

Stephen is author of the book The Anatomy of Type (The Geometry of Type in the UK), and serves on the board of the Letterform Archive. He was formerly a creative director at FontShop and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard.


Kali Nikitas

(Los Angeles, California)

Kali Nikitas is principal of Graphic Design for Love (+$) based in Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Communication Arts Department and founding Chair of the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design. She has been recognized by Type Director’s Club, ACD, AIGA, Graphis; published internationally; curated and co-curated international symposia; lectured and given workshops throughout the United States and in Europe.


Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque

Susana is passionate that design can be the paradigm shift in business. To that end, her responsibility is to catalyze creativity and original thinking in SYPartners’ work, and to lead the organization’s brand-experience projects that bring digital experiences, retail environments, and briefing centers (to name just a few) to life.

She is an active voice in the design industry, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the AIGA. Susana’s work has been widely awarded and she has been recognized by STEP magazine as one of “ten Women to Watch” and by GD USA as one of the next “People to Watch.”

Susana brings years of experience in creativity. Prior to joining SYPartners in 2003, she spent several years as a creative director in editorial (Wired), design agencies (VSA Partners) and advertising (BDDP Spain)

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Erik Spiekermann

Art Historian, Information Architect, Type Designer, Author (Berlin, San Francisco, London)

Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others;  information systems for Berlin Transit and Düsseldorf Airport and for publications like The Economist. He designed exclusive typefaces for corporations like Deutsche Bahn, Bosch, ZDF (German TV), Cisco, Mozilla and many others.

Erik is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2003 received the Gerrit Noordzij Award from the Royal Academy in The Hague. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center. He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain in 2007 and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009.

In 2011 he received the German National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and the TDC Medal as well as a Lifetime Award from the German Art Directors Club.

He was managing partner and creative director of Edenspiekermann with offices in Berlin, Amsterdam,  San Francisco and Los Angeles until June 2014 when he moved from that position to the supervisory board. He now runs galerie p98a, an experimental letterpress workshop in Berlin. Erik splits his time between Berlin and San Francisco and London, where his son Dylan lives.

A book about his life and work “Hello I am Erik” was published by Gestalten Verlag in 2014.

Photo: Dennis Letbetter