This page is an attempt to answer the frequent question “Where are the Black type designers?” The definition of type designer varies, from professionals who make a majority of their income in typeface design to those who have simply created a single font. This list applies the broadest definition; it includes anyone who identifies as Black and has worked in type design at some point in their career.
What Inspired this Page
The question asked in 2020, with many designers listed in replies, forming the basis of this database.
Talks on Black Type Designers & African Writing Systems
Talking Type: In Conversation with Kwesi Amuti and Tré Seals (Part 1) | Revision Path
September 8, 2017 As we prepared this latest installment of the Talking Type series, Nina Stössinger at Frere-Jones Type, posted a photo from TypeCon in Boston with Bobby C. Martin, Jr. asking the very question we're starting to answer. .@bobbycmartin asking the tough questions at #typecon.
A Typophile's Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe
A Typophile's Twenty-Year Adventures in Zimbabwe with Saki Mafundikwa From an idea to founding Africa's first graphic design and new media college, designer Saki Mafundikwa will speak about his 20-year adventure running Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts without funding. This will be an online Letterform Lecture held on Zoom.
Abdoulaye & Ibrahima Barry, Mark Jamara, Neil Patel: Inventing the Adlam Script / Designing Type for a Society in Flux
Letterform Lecture, March 19, 2019 - In 1989, two brothers in Guinea, aged 10 and 14, invented an alphabet from scratch for their native language. Pular (and Fulfulde) were spoken by millions of Fula people dispersed across Western Africa, but had no writing system of their own.
BIPOC Scholarships for Type Design & Lettering Education
Python Scripting for Type Design - Peter Nowell Design
A fun, practical workshop about how to use Python scripts to improve font production-for type designers with little to no coding experience. Questions? Want to learn more or see examples from the workshop? Join one of the Q&A Zoom calls:To accommodate different time zones, there will be 2 calls-one at 12PM EST and another at 8PM EST-on Wednesday, September 29.
Introduction to Modern Type Design (Scholarship)
Introduction to Modern Type Design (Scholarship) with Rod Cavazos This section of Introduction to Modern Type Design is offered free of cost to provide greater access to education in the field. Members of all groups traditionally underrepresented and/or excluded from the type design industry are encouraged to apply, but we will be giving priority to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).
Type Design A-Z
Lynne is raising funds for Type Design A-Z on Kickstarter! A Video Series on Type Design
Announcing: the ATypI Diversity Fund
We are very pleased to announce the ATypI Diversity Fund, an initiative to enable communities that are under-represented in our membership to engage with the Association. The main objective is to increase the diversity of the Association's membership attending our conference, with a focus on regions or communities that have not had a presence in the Association before.
The Malee Scholarship: Application
The Malee Scholarship grants $6,000 USD annually to one young woman-of-color over 16 years of age. It also includes a 4-week in-studio mentorship program, where Sharp Type will provide professional & creative guidance with the production of their typeface, as an elective. UPDATE: The application for 2020 is officially closed.
Scholarships - The Type Directors Club
The TDC's first female member, Beatrice Warde, was a journalist, scholar, and passionate advocate of education. Named in her honor and sponsored by Monotype, the scholarship recognizes one female-identifying college junior, whose work demonstrates exceptional talent, sophistication, and skill in the use of typography across current media, not just print.
TDC Superscript Scholarship - The Type Directors Club
The 2021 TDC Superscript Scholarship sponsored by Monotype recognizes BIPOC students studying type design at a college or university in the United States. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student currently in their junior year of college or first year of graduate or postgraduate school, who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise in ...
Typography By and About African Americans
BIPOC Design History
Bipoc Design History is a series of courses that revisits and rewrites the course of design history in a way that centers previously marginalized designers, cultural figures -particularly BIPOC and QTPOC people. Through live and pre-recorded lectures, readings, and live discussions, the class will shed light on moments of oppression and visibility.
Rememory is a directory and blog spot of black creatives with beginner to expert experience in various creative roles. This platform aims to help people boost visibility for black women breaking into the creative industry while providing them with insight on creative paths on our #ArtCrush monthly interviews.
Black designers + Black-owned studios
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UK Black Creatives Database
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Where are the black designers?
Where are the Black Designers is an initiative which aims to give a platform to creatives of color. By connecting designers, educators, and creative leaders we hope to start a dialogue about change in and out of the design industry. Join us virtually for our first annual conference and step forward in initiating this conversation.