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I love the creative and iterative process of design that opens up unexpected directions to explore.
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Alessia Mazzarella is an Italian independent typeface and graphic designer, with several years of experience in type design and font engineering. She is co-founder and partner at Typeland, a type design studio based in south London specialising in bespoke design, as well as in multi-script typeface design and production. She has previously worked as a senior type designer at Fontsmith, as a senior font developer at The Northern Block, and has developed original typefaces for URW Asterisk and Google Fonts. She holds an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, in addition to degrees in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, London, and Graphic & Media Design from Sapienza University of Rome.
What do you love about design?
I love the creative and iterative process of design that opens up unexpected directions to explore, as well as the process of making something that has a clear function.
Why do you teach?
Being in conversation with fresh perspectives that challenge my own is an enriching experience, and this is a key part of the day to day exchange with students. Being able to witness the growth of their thinking and skills is also deeply satisfying.
Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.
Outside of Shillington, I co-run a type studio Typeland. We design custom and retail typefaces and work on logotype and letterforms, with a focus on multi-script designs.
What or who are you loving right now?
If you were a typeface, what would you be?
It depends on the day but mostly Estro, released by Nebiolo and designed by Aldo Novarese.
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