Amy Papaelias

Type Nerd & Design Educator

Type & Typography:
  • A collaborative blog by women in type and the lettering arts. 2015.
  • You Are What You Kern. Type tips and HTML demo for your web resume. updated, 2016.
  • Personatype: Living Type Specimens. Expressive, kinetic web typography and voice recorded type specimens. 2012.
  • SonoType. Sonogram interpretations of letters through various emotions and people. 2007.
  • TypeTalk: Handwriting Fonts With Something to Say. Self-censoring fonts that edit themselves through the magic of OpenType. 2005.
  • Digital Humanities Collaborations:
  • Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities. A special issue of Visible Language journal. Co-editor with Jessica Barness. Publication: December 2015.
  • Placeable: A Place-based Mobile Learning Tool. This case study documents a collaborative community-based project with New Paltz design students and the Wassaic Project, 2012-present. With Aaron Knochel.
  • Serendip-o-matic: Let Your Sources Surprise You. A playful, web-based discovery tool that connects your research to digital sources from around the world. 2013.
  • News:
  • It’s live! “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities,” a special issue of the design journal Visible Language, co-edited with Jessica Barness, is now available on the newly revamped Visible Language website, which includes open access to the journal’s entire 50-year archive.
  • “Snobs, Nerds and Maniacs,” some of my thoughts on the potentially problematic labels we give ourselves on
  • It only took 10 years: the TypeTalk Fonts project is now available on Github.
  • Dublin in December! I presented “Future Displays: Towards a history of digital type specimens on the web” at Face Forward International Typography Conference.
  • I'm so pleased to be a part of Alphabettes, a new blog for type, typography and lettering:
  • I co-hosted “From the Ground Up: Foundation Studies in Graphic Design Curriculum” at the Upstate Design Week Design Educators Dialogue with Dimitry Tetin. Read more about the education symposium.
  • I shared some typographic tips at the April 2015 Hudson Valley Tech Meetup in Kingston, NY. View the slides.
  • Mom, what’s a sexy lady? My article, “Sexism & Fonts” is published on Typographica. Read it.
  • I enjoyed this conversation with Mitch Goldstein and Namdev Hardisty on the podcast Through Process. Episode 16 “We Are All Digital Humanists” features Jessica Barness and myself talking about the digital humanities, design scholarship, critical making and pedagogy. Listen to the podcast.
  • “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic” was presented at DH2014 in Lausanne, Switerzland in July. Read the abstract.
  • Thirsty for past news? Visit the News Archive.
    Hello! I'm Amy. I am an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design 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. 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