I am a type designer and a third year PhD researcher at the University of Reading. My topic is ‘Armenian typefaces from 1840 to the present: traditionalism, Latinisation and the search for identity through changing technologies’. This research project is funded by AHRC Design Star Doctoral Training Partnership.

I graduated from the University of Reading in 2012 with an MA in typeface design. My dissertation ‘The current state of Armenian typefaces’ tackled the issue of the Latinisation of Armenian script, analysed the evolution of the Armenian script until the digital era and pointed out the lack of Armenian font families.

Prior to graduate from the University of Reading, I obtained a Master’s degree in Communication and Design for Publishing and a Bachelor in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at ISIA Urbino, Italy.

Since 2012 I have been working as a type designer for various clients mainly from the USA and the UK, I have been intern and consultant for the Monotype archives in Salfords for a couple of year, before awarding a Design Star (AHRC) PhD studentship to start my ongoing PhD at the University of Reading.

Conferences & public engagement

HWDO (Hidden Women of Design) London, (November 2017)
ATypI Montreal, (September 2017)
ATypI Amsterdam, (October 2013)
ICTVC 5th International conference on typography and visual communication, University of Nicosia, department of design and multimedia, Cyprus, (June 2013)
I spoke at the TDI summer school at the University of Reading about Armenian type design in 2013 and 2014
Armenian workshop conducted at the MA type design course at the University of Reading, UK (May 2017)

Publications

Articles written

The current state of Armenian typefaces, in Bardez/Partez: The bulletin of the Armenian Institute. The Armenian Institute, London, UK, Special Issue 2013, in page 14
Analisi Microtipografica sulla tipografia dei bugiardini, (2012), in AIAPZINE: International Design Observatory, Milano. Thesis, research, and studies section. On http://aiapzine.aiap.it/notizie/13260

Featured

The Monotype Recorder, ‘No more Tofu’. The Monotype Studio, London, UK. Issue Five/Summer 2017, in pages 37-­50
Spaghetti Grafica 2, ‘Parola Macchina del pensiero’. Mondadori Electa, Milano, Italy, 2009, in page 318-319
Illywords #27, Corraini, Mantova, Italy, 2009, in page 9
Italic 2.0,Lekton font’, De Agostini, Novara, Italy, 2008, in pages 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 –