Practica

Visiting Instructors



Maria Doreuli

Visiting Critic

Maria was born and raised in Moscow. Her interest in fine art and graphic design led her to Moscow State University of Printing, where she gained an appreciation for typography and type design. Under the guidance of Alexander Tarbeev, she designed her graduation project William (published at Typotheque in 2016). In 2012, she was accepted to the Type and Media course in The Hague; her time there culminated in her graduation project Chimera. Since then, Maria has believed in the power of emotion and working with passion. She founded the independent studio Contrast Foundry in 2014. Craving new challenges, Maria relocated to San Francisco in 2018 and now works with her colleagues in Moscow from across the ocean. Maria’s work has received many prestigious awards from the Type Directors Club, the ADC, Letter.2, and Morisawa, among others.

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Bas Jacobs

Visiting Lecturer

Born in Wanssum, the Netherlands, 1976 and a third of Underware. Studied visual communication at the art academy Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht and followed the postgraduate course Typography and Type Design at the Royal Academy of Art Den Haag. Lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Always on the lookout for five-kilogram jars of Nutella. Speaks with a Southern accent. Interested in languages. And dialects. And slang. And script. And alphabets. And type. Of course. Likes to ride a bike instead of a car. As fast as possible.

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David Jonathan Ross

Visiting Lecturer

DJR draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. A native of Los Angeles, he began drawing typefaces at Hampshire College and joined Font Bureau in 2007, where he honed his bézier-wrangling skills. Now he publishes visually imaginative and technically advanced designs at his foundry DJR, including Fit, Bungee, Gimlet, Input, and Turnip. You’ll find him in Western Massachusetts with his partner Emily and their two dogs, Sophie and Lily.

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Aleksandra Samuļenkova

Visiting Lecturer

Aleksandra is a Latvian-born type designer based in the Netherlands. She graduated from the TypeMedia master program at KABK in The Hague. Her award-winning typeface Pilot is among the few contemporary type designs to be cast in metal. For several years, Aleksandra worked as a type designer at LucasFonts in Berlin; after that, moved to the Netherlands, where she pursued independent projects and joined Bold Monday to work on Cyrillic and Greek extensions of the IBM Plex type family.

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Alice Savoie

Visiting Lecturer

Alice is an independent type designer and researcher based in France. She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Reading (UK). As a practicing type designer, she has collaborated with international foundries and design studios. Her recent type design work includes Faune, an award-winning typeface family commissioned by the French Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and Romain 20, distributed by 205.tf. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the Leverhulme-funded “Women in Type” research project at the University of Reading. She teaches typeface design at ANRT Nancy (France) and Ecal Lausanne (Switzerland).

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Rainer Erich Scheichelbauer

Visiting Lecturer

Rainer was born in Vienna and studied photography, philosophy, and Dutch. Today, he creates and produces typefaces, teaches type design, gives type design workshops, translates Dutch books on typography into German, and writes articles and Python scripts. Rainer joined the Glyphs team in 2012, and has been writing tutorials and the Glyphs handbook. He recently started a type service office called Schriftlabor with three other designers in Vienna. He answers to both Rainer and Eric.

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Sara Soskolne

Visiting Critic

Sara is Senior Typeface Designer at Hoefler & Co. A reformed bookworm, her deepest inspiration as a designer is the experience of reading, and her abiding interest is in creating typefaces that not only serve, but enrich, that experience. Since joining H&Co in 2005, Sara has contributed to the design of many font families and parts thereof — including Verlag, Chronicle, Gotham, Tungsten, Idlewild, Numbers, Sentinel, Quarto, Ringside, and most recently Decimal. Sara was also one of the founding instructors of the Type@Cooper Condensed certificate program.

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