Amy Papaelias

Type Nerd & Design Educator

Type Projects:
  • A collaborative blog by women in type and the lettering arts. 2015.
  • You Are What You Kern. Type tips and HTML demo for your web resume. updated, 2016.
  • Personatype: Living Type Specimens. Expressive, kinetic web typography and voice recorded type specimens. 2012.
  • SonoType. Sonogram interpretations of letters through various emotions and people. 2007.
  • TypeTalk: Handwriting Fonts With Something to Say. Self-censoring fonts that edit themselves through the magic of OpenType. 2005.
  • Digital Humanities Collaborations:
  • Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship, an AIGA Design Education Conference in Los Angeles, June 1-3, 2017.
  • Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities. A special issue of Visible Language journal. Co-editor with Jessica Barness. Publication: December 2015.
  • Placeable: A Place-based Mobile Learning Tool. This case study documents a collaborative community-based project with New Paltz design students and the Wassaic Project, 2012-present. With Aaron Knochel.
  • Serendip-o-matic: Let Your Sources Surprise You. A playful, web-based discovery tool that connects your research to digital sources from around the world. 2013.
  • Where are all the artists and designers?, notes from a session I led at THATCampNE, 2012.
  • speaking:
  • Facing our Fears: Teaching Type on the Web, a long read on Alphabettes based on my talk at Type@Cooper West .
  • Hosted the 2nd annual Alphabettes Variety Show at the TypeLab at Typographics 2017. Fun was had, bingo was played, letters were drawn. Read about it and listen to the show.
  • “Delicate, Light, Strong, Bold: Gendered Language Descriptors in Typefaces and Letterforms,” Cultural Histories of Typography panel, College Art Association annual conference, New York.
  • “The Real Assignment” at The New School, part of a series of talks around design education by the authors of Taking a Line for a Walk.
  • “In Your Face: Speculative Typography as Critical Design Practice” at the Type Directors Club (recorded).
  • “Typography for [Digital] Humanists”, a free workshop offered at NYCDH Week. Read a thoughtful review of the workshop or view my slides.
  • interviews:
  • Pride, Work and Necessity of Side Projects, Design Feast.
  • Digital Stewardship, TypeThursday.
  • Women in Type: Alphabettes, FontShop.
  • We are all Digital Humanists, episode 16 of Through Process.
  • writing:
  • Co-authored a chapter with Aaron Knochel, published in Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) on place-based learning and co-design practices.
  • A favorte memory of 2017: ATypI gave me a microphone and asked me to interview speakers and attendees. I wrote and made a video about the question I asked everyone: who would you like to have dinner with?
  • “Gotta go draw now”, my profile of type designer and calligrapher Richard Lipton on TypeNetwork.
  • Takeaways on Teaching Type, my recap of an excellent panel discussion hosted by Design Incubation and the TDC.
  • I wrote about Variable Fonts: The Film for the Alphabettes’ Font from the Future, reporting from the 22nd century.
  • On, I found the perfect pumpkin patch signs.
  • I contributed some thoughts on great, new typefaces released in 2016 (so far) for this feature in Print magazine.
  • As part of the My 2¢ series on, I wrote about the ubiquitous Take a Penny, Leave a Penny trays.
  • I expressed my love for Unicode, and our adoption of the 💌, on For the Love of Unicode.
  • 2015 was a great year for new typefaces. I selected Beloved for Typographica’s epic Our Favorite Typefaces of 2015. Read the review.
  • The Recorder Issue 3 is out and includes, “The New Wardens,” an article I wrote on a new generation of typographers carrying on the legacy of Beatrice Warde. Read the article online or order the beautiful printed magazine.
  • As part of the Alphabettes February Love Letters series, I wrote about a 1950s Moddess dispenser near and dear to my heart.
  • Snobs, Nerds and Maniacs, some of my thoughts on the potentially problematic labels we give ourselves, a post on
  • Older stuff

    An archive of things from years past.

    Get In Touch:

    @fontnerd | hello [at] amypapaelias [dot] com


    Hello! I'm Amy. I am an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at New Paltz, teaching courses in web and interaction design, as well as 2D design and visual communication. I received my MFA in Intermedia Design from SUNY New Paltz and my Bachelor of Art in English Cultural Studies from McGill University.

    Presentations about my research and design pedagogy include: Type@Cooper West, San Francisco (2017), the Type Directors Club (2016), TypeCon (2012, 2007, 2005), the AIGA Design Educators Conference (2013, 2008), Theorizing the Web (2014), among others.

    I have participated in several collaborative digital scholarship / humanities initiatives, including serving on the organizing committee of the AIGA Design Education Conference, Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship (2017), and One Week | One Tool, an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities (2013). Jessica Barness and I recently received the 2017 Design Incubation Communication Design Education Award in Published Research for our special issue of Visible Language (49.3).

    I am a member of the Type Directors Club, AIGA Upstate NY, and a founding member of Alphabettes.

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    This site was hand-cobbled together with 💖 and currently uses Adelle Sans for the headlines and Eskorte for the text.