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PPN Post and Updates / February 3, 2021


PPN Post and Updates / January 6, 2021


Meet the Book Show Judges!

We are very proud to share with you the esteemed and talented judges for this year’s show.


49th Book Show |Accepting Submissions

Enter your best book designs in our highly acclaimed book show competition.


NEG | Near North Editors Meeting

March 1, 2021

The Near North Editors meet on the first Monday of every month (except months where the first Monday is a holiday such as Labor Day, in which case look out for special updates!). This month’s meeting will be held on Zoom.

This event is free and open to all editors. To receive the Zoom information required to attend this meeting, please register for free below, or (members only) go to this page.

If you have any questions, please email to be put in touch with the host.


LETTERFORM ARCHIVE | The Font Detective & the California Cases with Thomas Phinney

March 2, 2021

Thomas Phinney may be the world’s only regular “font detective.” As a global expert on fonts, typography and printing, he does document forensics in legal cases around the world. The stakes can be fortune, fame, careers, imprisonment … or the family house. For this Letterform Lecture, Phinney discusses and shows evidence from several cases, including the Wicked Will, the Special Sack, and the Secret of the Certificate.


Letterform Archive | Introduction to Modern Type Design

March 3, 2021

Introduction to Modern Type Design with Rod Cavazos

Type West Public Workshop
Online Workshop
Wed, Mar 3, – Wed, May 5, 2021
5:00pm–8:00pm PDT

This 10-week course, meeting on Wednesday evenings, is an introduction to the techniques and processes used in professional type design. Students will create their own original typefaces as they gain an understanding of the methodologies and software used to produce high-quality digital type.

The primary goal of this course is to show how to think about type systematically and successfully structure the type design process. The course will focus on techniques and best practices for designing and spacing type, but will also introduce students to the conceptual foundations of type design, Python programming in RoboFont, and the structure of type families.

This course is suitable for designers just starting to think about type and for designers with some type design experience hoping to develop their skills and processes. Some experience with drawing Bézier curves (in Adobe Illustrator, for instance) and with typography is recommended but not required. This is a great course for anyone interested in applying to the Type West Postgraduate Certificate Program in Type Design.


PPN | Building Creative Leaders: a Conversation with Maria Giudice

March 9, 2021


Founder and CEO of the pioneering experience design firm, Hot Studio, Maria Giudice built a thriving practice around the principles of human-centered design. After Hot Studio’s acquisition by Facebook in 2013, Maria led global design teams there and at Autodesk, building digital experiences for millions worldwide. Today, after three decades at the forefront of business and design, Maria has a new mission:

Build the next generation of creative leaders.

Through one-on-one coaching and team-building workshops, Maria unlocks the potential hidden in executives and the people they lead. Author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, she is a crowd favorite at conferences like TEDx and Mind the Product, where her talks draw on her 30-plus years at the forefront of business and design. Maria also paints portraits of Prince on denim jackets in her spare time. They are badass.

In this conversation, Maria will share the story of her career transitions, and in doing so, address the challenges facing publishing professionals, and how she turned those into opportunities, all along following her heart.

The evening will begin with Maria sharing her experiences, after which we will open the conversation for all to participate. You will come away inspired to look at what you are passionate about, with ideas on how to focus on your unique strengths and abilities as you evolve your own career.
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