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TDC Judges Night 2016: Veronika Burian and Karen Welman

January 14, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Athelas by TypeTogether

Maiola by TypeTogether


Veronika Burian, TypeTogether

Curating a type library
The commercialisation of typefaces has become increasingly complex in recent years. The different kinds of licences, the large amount of fonts on offer, and the variety of font pricing structure and language support result in a scenario where choosing and buying typefaces seems harder than ever before. In this context, independent foundries have the chance of converting this problem into an opportunity by curating their libraries of retail fonts appropriately and with focus.

Veronika Burian studied Industrial Design in Munich and worked in that capacity in Vienna and Milan over a few years. Discovering her true passion for type, she graduated with distinction from the MA in Typeface Design in Reading, UK, in 2003 and worked as type designer at DaltonMaag in London for a few years. After staying for some time in Boulder, USA, and her hometown Prague she is now living and working in Spain.

She is a type designer and co-founder of the independent type foundry TypeTogether, publishing award-winning typefaces and collaborating on tailored typefaces for a variety of clients. She is also involved with, a showcase for work and research on lettering, typography and type design by women and continues to give lectures and workshops at international conferences and universities.


Karen Welman, Founding Partner and CCO, Pearlfisher London

Karen Welman has always been the curious creative explorer, pushing us beyond what we can see by continually questioning what is possible. Count on her for the unique, unexpected (and often frank!) viewpoint.

She loves working with brave thinkers; those prepared to take a risk are often the ones who create real change. Our Green & Blacks design was a defining moment for her and she’s equally proud of our work for Absolut Vodka.

Innovation and turning great ideas into action has been a lifelong passion of Karen. Her patented inventions include 37º, a range of temperature-regulating baby clothes featuring NASA-developed fabrics which picked up awards all over the world. Karen was also named in the Top 10 Global Female Inventors a few years ago.

Karen is always working on something new and in recent years cofounded private member’s gym The Library: it’s this diversity and the prospect of venturing head-first into the unknown that keeps her burning as brightly as when she started out over 30 years ago


Bluebottle Coffee Branding by Pearlfisher

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January 14, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Type Directors Club
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