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 led at THATCampNE, 2012.
  • Speaking:

  • Co-facilitated (with Jessica Barness) the conversation at Decipher: 2018 Design Educators Research Conference at University of Michigan, “Expanding the Discourse: Future Practices in Scholarly Publishing.”
  • Spoke on the most wonderfully colorful stage at Emojicon 2018 about the history of emoji tech. Read some of my takeaways from the day here. 2018.
  • Hosted the 3rd annual Alphabettes Variety Show at the TypeLab at Typographics 2018. Cake was eaten, tango was danced, interviews were had. Listen to the recording here. 2018.
  • Watch my talk, Web Typography is just typography, sort of at Type@Cooper West, San Francisco Public Library, or enjoy this long read on, Facing our Fears: Teaching Type on the Web, based on it. 2017.
  • “Delicate, Light, Strong, Bold: Gendered Language Descriptors in Typefaces and Letterforms,” Cultural Histories of Typography panel, College Art Association annual conference, New York. 2017.
  • “In Your Face: Speculative Typography as Critical Design Practice” at the Type Directors Club (recorded). 2016.
  • Interviews:

  • The Write Stuff: Boost Your Brand by Blogging, How.
  • 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 asked everyone: who would you like to have dinner with?
  • Gotta go draw now, a 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’ Fonts from the Future, reporting from the 22nd century.
  • On, I found the perfect pumpkin patch signs.
  • 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.
  • “The New Wardens,” on a new generation of typographers carrying on the legacy of Beatrice Warde. Read the article online or order the printed magazine.
  • As part of the Alphabettes February Love Letters series, I wrote about a 1950s Moddess dispenser near and dear to my heart.
  • 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, the Type Directors Club, TypeCon, the AIGA Design Educators Conferences, Theorizing the Web, 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’m currently on sabbatical, researching the design of scholarly journals. If that's your jam, get in touch.

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


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