Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, & community in graphic design located in the Dogpatch. When we launched the Online Archive on April 7, we had no idea the venture would break part of the internet.
One month, two server crashes, and over 200,000 hits later, the free resource continues to grow into one of the most comprehensive online collections of typographic history, and a powerful tool for students and professional designers.
With the Online Archive reaching people all over the world, we want to join our global community to celebrate this special milestone and provide a backstage tour of highlights from the nearly 1,500 objects and 9,000 hi-fi images housed online.
Join us as our team chats with Designers and Educators who are putting the Online Archive into action!
Originally from Hawaii, Jon Sueda has practiced design everywhere from Honolulu to Holland. After earning his MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts in 2002, he was invited to North Carolina State University to serve as a designer in residence, followed by an internship in the Netherlands with Studio Dumbar. In 2004, Sueda founded the design studio Stripe, which specializes in print and exhibition design for art and culture. In 2007, Sueda relocated to the San Francisco area where he served as Director of Design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts for seven years, and is currently the Chair of the MFA Design program at California College of the Arts. Sueda was the curator of the exhibition All Possible Futures (SOMArts, San Francisco, 2013), and was recently selected as a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Robin is a multidisciplinary graphic designer with over 14 years of agency experience. Graduating from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Robin has applied her passion for design technology, and creative problem for studios in both NY and SF. She has collaborated on award-winning projects with some of the world’s leading brands such as Toyota, Ticketmaster, Lucas Arts, Bose and Genentech.
chris hamamoto (b. USA, 1984) is a designer and educator based in Berkeley, CA. He holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts. In addition to teaching, he maintains an independent practice — pursuing his interest in how automation and algorithms affect social relationships and aesthetics — a topic he explores through graphic design, software design, and production. He has shown work and lectured internationally, and has been recognized by institutions such as Printed Matter, STA Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Hongik University, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Julio Martinez started his design career at Pentagram, working on a broad range of projects. He is a co-founder and creative director at studio1500, a design firm in San Francisco that focuses on brand development and building collaborative relationships with clients large and small. His clients have included the Computer History Museum, the San Francisco Arts Commission, BART, Berkeley Art Center, Golden Gate Park, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), SF Indiefest, La Cocina, and many others.
Julio is currently a Lecturer in the Design Department at San José State University, teaching a wide range of foundation-level classes. He served as the Diversity Chair for the AIGA SF Board of Directors for six years. After his tenure there, he launched Design Spectrum, an initiative that connects SJSU design students with various organizations in the Bay Area.