In this final episode of 2024, I sit down with type designer, Anna Khorash. Anna is currently based in The Hague, Netherlands, where she completed the TypeMedia Masters program in type design at the Royal Academy of Arts. Her graduation project Loza will soon be available on Women in Type platform. Today she is balancing commercial projects with her own experimental typefaces and teaching type design online.
In this conversation, you’ll hear from Anna about her background in type design and her newest experimental typeface, Invert; why it started, how it got going and where it is now. You’ll learn how variable fonts work and Anna’s unique technical and creative constraints in this highly complex typeface. Anna shares why platforms like Future Fonts are ideal for experimental projects like this, Invert’s future expansion plans into other writing systems, as well as which typeface she’d use for the rest of her life... if she had to choose.
See below for Anna’s generous sharing of her process in designing this typeface.
Let’s listen in…
FutureFonts trials of Invert
Using variable fonts in web
Drawbot (the tool to create animations with variable fonts by scripting)
About Our Guest:
Anna is graphic and type designer, currently based in the Hague, Netherlands. She completed her master's degree in type and typography at the Moscow University of Printing Arts in 2018. After that she worked as a freelance graphic designer with art exhibitions, teatral festivals, museums and architect schools. She combined her practice with a type designer job in Contrast Foundry. But the interest in type design was serious and she focused on type design mostly. In 2020 Anna moved to Israel, to learn Hebrew language, explore the culture and start to design Hebrew typefaces. She worked with Fontef and AlefAlefAlef type studios. In 202q Anna applied for the TypeMedia master program in type design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and moved to the Netherlands. Her graduation project Loza will soon be available on Women in Type platform. After graduation she is working as a freelance type designer. Today she is balancing commercial projects with her own experimental typefaces and teaching type design online. Her current clients are BoldMonday, Typotheque, Letterror, Contrast Foundry, Fontef, AlefAlefLafe, JulyType, TypeWest and others.
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