Every two months or so, we host a virtual get together where two experts from the fields of type design or lettering offer constructive feedback on up-and-coming works. Anyone can apply to have their work reviewed but only four are chosen, mostly at random. Alphacrit is livestreamed so you can join the party and deep dive into the world of lettering or type.
Liron Lavi Turkenich is typeface designer currently based in Israel and working internationally. She has a b.Des in Visual Communications and an MA in Typeface design from the University of Reading. She finds great interest in multilingual typeface design, and specialises in Hebrew and Amharic. Her project Aravrit, combining Hebrew and Arabic into one type system, received many positive responses and publicity. In addition to design, Liron is involved in research, exhibitions, and writes about typography. She shares her knowledge and experiences in talks and workshops around the globe, teaches typography and writes on several platforms. Liron loves traveling around the world, finding hidden culinary gems and searching for typographic treasures in dusty archives.
Shani Avni is a designer and a researcher. She holds a BA from Shenkar College of Design, Tel Aviv and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK. Fascinated with letters and the stories they tell, she collaborates with designers and educators in order to expose more practitioners to this subject through workshops and lectures. For her Typeface Design MA thesis for the University of Reading, she researched David Hebrew typeface family and, since receiving her degree, continues to do so. In 2017, Shani was chosen for The Cary Graphic Arts Collection Research Fellowship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA, where David’s work is archived. In 2020, Shani returned to RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, this time as the first Ismar David Visiting Assistant Curator. She perseveres in her efforts to make historical information available as both an academic and a practical reference.
Join us for a special edition of Alphacrit where we look at Hebrew typefaces. Four people will present their in-progress Hebrew typeface, each receiving approximately 10 minutes of feedback. The entire session will last about an hour. Participants will have the benefit of sitting in on the other critiques as well. To keep it focused, we suggest presenting either a single weight of a typeface or come prepared with a specific question about a multi-weight family. Specimens need to be ready a couple of days before the session so plan ahead!Who can apply?
Everyone, of any skill level, ’Bettes or not. The four spots will be drawn lottery style however preference may be given to those who haven’t participated before and members of underrepresented groups. That includes, but is not limited to: women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.The application process
Simply fill out this form. It’s pretty basic. There is no cost to apply or any fees if you are chosen to participate.
Applications are due January 3, 2021How can I watch the crit?
As the date of the crit gets closer, the livestream link will be posted here and on the Alphabettes social media channels. The crits aren’t recorded so you’ll need to catch it live.