Amy Papaelias

Type Nerd & Design Educator

  • Personatype: Living Type Specimens
  • SonoType
  • TypeTalk: Handwriting Fonts With Something to Say
  • News:
  • “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic” will be presented at DH2014 in Lausanne, Switerland in July. Read the abstract here.
  • In April 2014, I presented at Theorizing the Web, in Brooklyn, NY, “Let's Talk About: An ARG in Spatial Dialogue about Race and Identity on Campus” with Aaron Knochel.
  • I participated in the symposium Remixing Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, April 11-12, 2014 and presented “Design Thinking: Process into Practice in the Undergraduate Art Studio.”
  • What can twelve scholars, designers, coders and students create in less than a week? At One Week | One Tool we made Serendip-o-matic, a playful tool that connects your research to digital sources. Give it a whirl!
  • The Graphic Artist Guild reviews You Are What You Kern, an HTML5 demo offering typographic tips for web-based resumes. See the demo here.
  • Need some more typographic commentary in your life? I'm now blogging at Typophile.
  • The case study for Placeable: A place-based mobile learning tool is now available on Design Ignites Change. This case study documents a collaborative community-based project with New Paltz design students and the Wassaic Project and was presented at the panel “Design and the Digital Humanites” at the Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • In April 2013, I presented the paper, “Digital What?! Graphic Design and the Digital Humanities” at the AIGA Design Educators Conference, BLUNT: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now at Old Dominion University.
  • Thirsty for past news? Visit the News Archive.
    I am an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Foundation 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 creative work and design pedagogy include: TypeCon (2012, 2007, 2005), the AIGA Design Educators Conference (2013, 2008), the UCDA Design Education Summit (2011), the Midwest Modern Language Association's Design and the Digital Humanities Panel (2013), among others. I am also currently part of several collaborative digital humanities initiatives and recently participated in One Week | One Tool, an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, hosted at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (2013).

    My creative work investigates the performative possibilities of expressive typography in screen and digital environments. Challenging the arbitrary boundaries between visual and verbal communication, the work explores themes related to font intelligence, relationships between vocal and visual representations of speech, and the emotive potential of kinetic texts. I am influenced and inspired by the personality of typefaces, visual expressions of language in digital conversations, new media theory, sociolinguistics and sound poetry.

    A variety of tools are utilized, including sound-editing software, custom OpenType features, handwriting samples, voice recordings, a Speak and Spell, CSS3 animation and Craigslist’s Missed Connections. This work has been recognized in the pages of Print and Communications Arts, and online at the Graphic Artists Guild, UnBeige, Typographica, I Love Typography, Typedia, and Design Observer, and others.

    I am a member (and SUNY New Paltz Student Group Faculty Advisor) of AIGA, and the Type Directors Club.

    Get In Touch
    @fontnerd | hello [at] amypapaelias [dot] com