Female Type Designers – “is there anybody out there?”

nora g's picture

Everyone of my 106 students in this first semester has to to do a little research about type designers, and i'm just writing a long list with the name of (106) type designers, where-off they can choose one, to prepare a little lecture ... and as so often i'm wondering about the small amount of female type designers. ”Is there anybody out there” - beside the “to-me-known” – Jill Bell, Zuzana Licko, Sybille Hagmann, Veronika Burian, Carol Twombly, Marian Bantjes, Johanna Bi'lak, Nina David, Natascha Dell, ... ? Many thanks in advance for more information!

Quincunx's picture

Laura Meseguer comes to mind. She graduated at the KABK/Type&Media in 2003-2004, with the typeface Rumba.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Some of these designers are still so young. Flattering for them, yes, but the breadth isn't there yet. But if the research is only a quickie 1-pager then I guess that there will be enough information.

Sara Soskolne (Currently working at Hoefler & Frere-Jones)

Technically Marian has only designed one typeface, isn't that right? I wonder if she doesn't consider her self more of a lettering artist. Although if the research involves a specific typeface . . .

Zara Evens's picture

Nadine Chahine @ Linotype.

What Miguel said.

nora g's picture

Thanks a lot so far ... seems that i'm too dump to find these topics so far by search on typophile ...
to Simon: it's okay ... they are divided in six groups ... and we are three colleagues, but it's up to me to do the planning ...
to Jelmar: Oh yes, you're right, i forgot her ... but i think she has been mentioned also in the tdc-book?
to Tiffany: It'll be a quickie 1-pager, and therefore it's enough information! One question – do you can tell me the name of a typeface Sara did work out?
For today i close now, it's late here in Europe, thanks a lot!

Nick Shinn's picture

We don't need no education.

nora g's picture

nick: :-))

waited for that ... wondering why you are the first!

nora g's picture

Thanks to all for the information ... but actually, there are the students to do a research ... not me ... it'll took me days to browse through all your helpful links ... There are more women in type than i expected to be, someone should make a book about ...

Si_Daniels's picture

>wondering why you are the first!

He's just another another Nick in the wall?

satya's picture

Fiona Ross_?

mjkerpan's picture

Carol Twomby. She designed some pretty major fonts...

HaleyFiege's picture

A girl from the university of Alabama asked if she could do her "interview a type designer" project on me. It was pretty cool.

johndberry's picture

Gudrun Zapf-von Hesse.

When I mentioned her name during a Typography 1 class I was teaching several years ago, one of the students raised her hand and said, "That's the first woman you've mentioned. Are there more?" So I named a few others (including Beatrice Warde, who was not a type designer but was a key figure in the development of 20th-century type), and we talked about the imbalance.

I also recall noticing, at a FUSE conference in London in 90-something, that the majority of the audience was women, while the preponderance of the presenters was men. How come that didn't translate, over the past ten years or so, into a much larger number of women at the top of the graphic-design field? (Well, all right, the pressures and the reasons are obvious, but still. But still.)

nora g's picture

In the first step, I want them to know distinguish typefaces to open their mind for the different forms and the uncountable ways to say: A (or B or C ...) therefore i'm concentrated to type-designers. The typographers are the second step, first they have to learn that typeforms are man/woman-made and that type ist not something fallen down by sky or born in computers ...

By the way – 60% of the 106 students are female, but this has been so since years, when i remember my time of studying in the early eighties. The role-model didn't change really since that time. To be patient is not sooo easy ;-)

Maxim Zhukov's picture

Anastasia Babalyan
Gayaneh Bagdasaryan
Galina Bannikova
Isabella Chaeva
Vera Evstafieva
Aleksandra Korolkova
Ekaterina Kulagina
Lyubov Kuznetsova
Tatiana Lyskova
Elena Novoselova
Sofia Safayeva
Elvira Slysh
Irina Smirnova
Yelena Tzaregorodtseva
Natalia Vasilyeva
Svetlana Yermolayeva
Emma Zakharova

titus n.'s picture

Sandra Winter
Pilar Cano
Sara Chapman

only to name those of my year at reading who weren't mentioned yet!

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