Maria Montes &
Isabel Urbina Peña

This crit has passed, stay tuned for the next one!

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.

The experts

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Maria Montes

Maria is a Melbourne-based freelance designer passionate about letterforms. Originally from Catalonia, she moved to Australia in 2006 where she currently resides.

Her practice is set by the principals of constant learning, sharing and educating about the creative process. Above all, she has a story to tell.

Maria specialises in brand identity, graphic design with a strong typographic approach, calligraphy, lettering and illustration. She teachs calligraphy from her studio in Fitzroy, and writes a bi-monthly email newsletter announcing her workshops, community events, type related matter and other topics which often include creative mental health and fostering women in the industry.

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Isabel Urbina Peña

Isabel is a multidisciplinary artist from Venezuela. She runs her own studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she focuses on everything typographic: lettering, book covers, typeface design, book design, and experimental typography.

She is passionate about building a more inclusive design community and in her spare time she teaches, speaks at conferences, makes zines and runs Yes, Equal, a database of women in the creative fields.

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The details

What to expect

Four people will present their lettering projects or works-in-progress, each receiving approximately 10 minutes of feedback from Maria and Isabel. The entire session will last about an hour. Participants will have the benefit of sitting in on the other critiques as well. Work submitted for review can be anything from single lettered words, to logos, to lettered book covers. You may want to submit only one complex piece or 6 smaller pieces to talk about your overall trajectory. Work samples need to be ready about a week 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

Applications for this round are closed.

How 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.