Elena Papassissa is a type designer and a researcher based in London. Since 2012 she has been collaborating with international type foundries and 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, a Master’s in Communication and Design for Publishing from the ISIA Urbino, and an MA in typeface design from the University of Reading. In 2015 she awarded a Design Star (AHRC) PhD studentship, and started her PhD at the University of Reading. Her PhD thesis is entitled: ‘Conventions, traditionalism, Latinisation and modernity in Armenian typefaces across type-making technologies from 1512 to 1977’. 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 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’.
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’.
Armenian workshop conducted at the MA type design course at the University of Reading, UK (May 2017)

Publications

Articles written

(forthcoming) Elena Papassissa. (2020) ‘Designing Armenian typefaces: Researching the past to inspire the present’. Warsaw, (6 December 2019)
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.
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/Citation

(2017) ‘No more Tofu’. The Monotype Recorder (5/Summer). The Monotype Studio, London, UK, pp. 37–50.
(2012) ‘Analisi Microtipografica sulla tipografia dei bugiardini’. AIAPZINE: International Design Observatory (Milan, Italy). Thesis, research, and studies section. http://aiapzine.aiap.it/notizie/13260
(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 –