Dr Elena Papassissa is a type designer and typographer based in London. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with international type foundries, type designers, and graphic design studios in London. In 2014–2015 she worked as a consultant at the Monotype archives in Salfords. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication and an MA in Communication and Design for Publishing from the ISIA Urbino, and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Reading in 2019 with a thesis on Convention, traditionalism, Latinisation and modernity in Armenian typefaces across type-making technologies from 1512 to 1977. Her PhD research was funded by (AHRC) Design Star.
Since October 2018 she has been working as a Visiting Practitioner and Associate Lecturer at the UAL, Camberwell, teaching on the type design course for first and second-year BA students in Graphic Design.

Conferences & public engagement

Future Graphic Language Warsaw (December 2019). Talk title: ‘Designing Armenian typefaces: Researching the past to inspire the present’.
HWDO (Hidden Women of Design). London (November 2017). Talk title: ‘Designing Armenian typefaces: Researching the past to inspire the present’.
ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). Montréal (September 2017). Talk title: ‘Armenian typefaces as expression of national identity: the introduction of a newly fashioned Bolorgir typeface in the second half of the 19th century’.
Armenian workshop conducted at the MA type design course at the University of Reading, UK (May 2017)
TDI type design course at Reading University, UK (July 2014). Talk title: ‘Traditional versus Latinised approach to Armenian typeface design’.
ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale). Amsterdam (October 2013). Talk title: ‘The current state of Armenian typefaces’.
TDI type design course at Reading University, UK (July 2013). Talk title: ‘The current state of Armenian typefaces’.
ICTVC 5th International conference on typography and visual communication, University of Nicosia, department of design and multimedia. Cyprus (June 2013). Talk title: ‘The current state of Armenian typefaces’.

Publications

Articles written

Elena Papassissa. (forthcoming) ‘Designing Armenian typefaces: Researching the past to inspire the present’. (Warsaw)
Elena Papassissa. (2013) ‘The current state of Armenian typefaces’. Bardez/Partez: The bulletin of the Armenian Institute. The Armenian Institute, London, UK, (Special Issue), p. 14.
Elena Papassissa. (2012) Analisi Microtipografica sulla tipografia dei bugiardini, in AIAPZINE: International Design Observatory, Milano. Thesis, research, and studies section. On http://aiapzine.aiap.it/notizie/13260


Featured/Citation

(2017) ‘No more Tofu’. The Monotype Recorder (5/Summer). The Monotype Studio, London, UK, pp. 37–50.
(2010) ‘Urbino Servizi’. Fisianomia 2009. Quaderni Isia, Urbino, Italy (1 March 2010), corporate identity/4.
(2009) ‘Parola Macchina del pensiero’. Spaghetti Grafica 2. Mondadori Electa, Milan, Italy, pp. 318–319.
(2009) Illywords (27). Corraini, Mantova, Italy, p. 9. (2008) ‘Lekton font’. Italic 2.0. De Agostini, Novara, Italy, pp. 54–55.

Some clients

– As a type designer  –
Fraser Muggeridge Studio (UK)
Jeffery Keedy (USA)
Monotype (USA)
Polimekanos (UK)

– As a consultant –
Tiro Typeworks (Salish Sea, BC)
Monotype (USA)

Monotype Archives in Salfords (UK)
– Consultant –
– Research intern –