Andreu Balius is a type designer based in Barcelona (Spain) and the Pyrenees. He designs retail and custom typefaces at typerepublic and has been awarded with several Excellence in Type Design for his type design work. He is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), TDC (Type Directors Club) and ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale).
He holds a PhD in Design from the University of Southampton (UK) and teaches typography and type design at EINA, University School of Design and Art, in Barcelona. Apart from his type affairs, he also loves hiking and riding on his mountain bike.
François Rappo (1955) is a graphic designer, trained at ECBA / Ecole Cantonale des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland. He collaborates with the Optimo type foundry since 1998. As a professional he developed type design projects for entities such as New York Times Magazine, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, Basel Art Fair, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, SquareSpace.
Between 1996 and 2020 he taught at ECAL / Ecole Cantonale d'Art in Lausanne and from 2001 to 2007 he was Head of the jury of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books competition.
He writes regularly for various publications in the field of graphic design and typography, gathering writings in books such as Typeface as Program,JRP Ringier, Zürich, 2006; TM RSI SGM 1960 – 90, 30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typographische Monatsblätter, Lars Müller Publishers, Zürich, 2013; '100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, 2014. Schweizer Grand Prix Design, Bundesamt für Kultur BAK , Bern, 2015 and Bobst Graphic, Triest Verlag, Zürich, 2020.
Natanael Gama graduated in Graphic Design and Multimedia in ESADCR in 2009. Inspired by typography classes, he started creating his own typefaces. After working as a multidisciplinary designer at Studio Roosegaarde – Netherlands, he decided to return to Portugal and focus on type design.
In 2011, he launched in collaboration with Google, the font Exo, which became a hit of popularity, appearing in the top 100 most used fonts on the internet. Since then he has published several fonts, which have been requested by various brands such as Lego, Fifa, HBO , Blizzard, BBC , Netflix, among others.
Petra Dočekalová (1991) finished her PhD studies about New Script Forms at the Type Design and Typography studio at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 2020. Since 2013 she has been a member of the Briefcase Type Foundry team. She is focused on editorial work such as the Typo9010 book, which won several global awards, or the Jaroslav Benda 1882 – 1970 book, for it’s English Edition she hit a successful Kickstarter campaing in 2020. She is also a letterer, type designer, sign painter, and lettering artist, working on new digital scripts. Petra received the TDC Award of excellence for her diploma project dealing with Czechoslovak calligraphy and new hand lettering forms.
Sol Matas is an Argentinian type designer who was born in Buenos Aires. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Universidad de Buenos Aires, as well as a specialized degree in Digital Design and a postgraduate diploma in Type Design from the same school.
She started her career as a graphic designer at Saatchi & Saatchi. In 2001, she founded her own branding studio, Sonnenshine, through which she has worked for clients in Latin America, Europe, and the United States.
In 2013, after making many visits to Berlin and discovering its vibrant type community, she decided to move there. Since then, she has focused on developing font projects in the Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Oriya and Devanagari scripts. In 2019, she founded her own type venture, Hungry Type Society.
In 2020, together with Nicole Dotin, she founded Practica Program, a new course to learn typeface design online.
Susana Carvalho was born in Porto and studied communication design at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon (FBAUL). In 2004 she moved to the Netherlands to complete the illustrious Type and Media master programme at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK).
In 2005, together with Kai Bernau, she founded Atelier Carvalho Bernau in The Hague in the Netherlands – an independent studio dedicated to graphic design, typography and type design.
She is a founding member of Open Work, a design collective that investigated the connection between digital and analogue, sender and receiver, designer and user.
Her interest in education led her to obtain a Master's degree in Arts Education in 2019 at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, where she researched the potential of space as a pedagogical tool in the graphic design classroom.
Susana has taught on the Graphic Design Degree at KABK 2011 – 2021, as well as at ArtEz, Arnhem 2013 – 2014, and has been a guest lecturer conducting workshops and lectures all over Europe.
Thomas Huot-Marchand (1977) lives and works in Besançon, France. After graduating in Besançon School of Fine Arts in 2001, he joined the Atelier national de recherche typographique (ANRT) where he studied typeface design (with Peter Keller, Jean Widmer, Hans Jurg Hunziker, André Baldinger & Philippe Millot).
He designed Minuscule, awarded by the Type Directors Club in 2005, and later considered as one of the "ten typefaces of the decade" (Paul Shaw, Imprint).
In 2006, he spent one year as resident fellow at the Académie de France à Rome – Villa Medici. He teached graphic and typographic design in Besançon and in Amiens from 2002 to 2012. Since 2012, he’s the director of the Atelier national de recherche typographique, a post-graduate research course based in Nancy (www.anrt-nancy.fr).
He published in 2016 the catalogue ANRT Archives, 1985 – 2006. He's still working as a freelance graphic and type designer, in Besançon. Since 2017, his typefaces are distributed by 205TF.