Amy Papaelias

Type Nerd & Design Educator

Type Projects:
  • 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:
  • Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship, an AIGA Design Education Conference in Los Angeles, June 1-3, 2017.
  • 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.
  • Where are all the artists and designers?, notes from a session I led at THATCampNE, 2012.
  • speaking:
  • Facing our Fears: Teaching Type on the Web, a long read on Alphabettes based on my talk at Type@Cooper West .
  • “Delicate, Light, Strong, Bold: Gendered Language Descriptors in Typefaces and Letterforms,” Cultural Histories of Typography panel, College Art Association annual conference, New York.
  • “The Real Assignment” at The New School, part of a series of talks around design education by the authors of Taking a Line for a Walk.
  • Hosted the first ever Alphabettes Live Variety Show at the Type Lab at Typographics in NYC. Read more about it or tune in.
  • Create Upstate is an awesome design conference NY State. I served as one of the judges for the first Cropped, a live design competition. Fun and hilarity ensued.
  • “In Your Face: Speculative Typography as Critical Design Practice” at the Type Directors Club. Video.
  • “Making Places: Design Methods And Practices In Interdisciplinary Scholarship Labs” at the Design Incubation Colloquium 2.5 at FIT.
  • “Typography for [Digital] Humanists”, a free workshop offered at NYCDH Week. Read a thoughtful review of the workshop or view my slides.
  • interviews:
  • Pride, Work and Necessity of Side Projects, Design Feast.
  • Digital Stewardship, TypeThursday.
  • Women in Type: Alphabettes, FontShop.
  • We are all Digital Humanists, episode 16 of Through Process.
  • writing:
  • Takeaways on Teaching Type, my recap of an excellent panel discussion hosted by Design Incubation and the TDC.
  • On, I found the perfect pumpkin patch signs.
  • I contributed some thoughts on great, new typefaces released in 2016 (so far) for this feature in Print magazine.
  • As part of the My 2¢ series on, I wrote about the ubiquitous Take a Penny, Leave a Penny trays.
  • I expressed my love for Unicode, and our adoption of the 💌, on For the Love of Unicode.
  • 2015 was a great year for new typefaces. I selected Beloved for Typographica’s epic Our Favorite Typefaces of 2015. Read the review.
  • The Recorder Issue 3 is out and includes, “The New Wardens,” an article I wrote on a new generation of typographers carrying on the legacy of Beatrice Warde. Read the article online or order the beautiful printed magazine.
  • As part of the Alphabettes February Love Letters series, I wrote about a 1950s Moddess dispenser near and dear to my heart.
  • Snobs, Nerds and Maniacs, some of my thoughts on the potentially problematic labels we give ourselves, a post on
  • Get In Touch:

    @fontnerd | hello [at] amypapaelias [dot] com


    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 research and design pedagogy include: the Type Directors Club (2016), TypeCon (2012, 2007, 2005), the AIGA Design Educators Conference (2013, 2008), Theorizing the Web (2014), 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).

    I am a member the Type Directors Club and a founding member of Alphabettes.

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