By Nicole Dotin

{abstract} Nicole Dotin is a typeface designer and partner at the Process Type Foundry in Golden Valley, MN. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from the University of Minnesota, an Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading in the UK. She initially worked as a professional graphic designer, and later taught typography at MCAD while working part-time at Process.

Before heading to the UK for her MA in Typeface Design, Nicole initiated Process’ rural studio experiment, moving the foundry to a remote region of northern Minnesota for 6 months. Nicole’s first typeface, Elena,  was released in 2011.

Nicole will be contributing an interview that addresses how her background has influenced her type design process and provides a glimpse into her different roles at Process Type Foundry. Nicole will discuss the creative process involved in the conception and production of Elena, as well as the economic implications of retail versus client-based design work. The interview will conclude with insight about the influence digital tools have on type design and where they might go next.

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