Photography: Graham MacIndoe

Nina Stössinger,* type-obsessed designer & overall curious person, Senior Typeface Designer at Frere-Jones Type.

I graduated in multi-media design from Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Germany, and in typeface design at Zurich (CAS Type Design) and The Hague (TypeMedia MA). Before joining Frere-Jones Type, I worked as an independent graphic designer, typographer, type designer, and coder in Basel and The Hague. My published typefaces include Empirica and Conductor (both with Tobias Frere-Jones), Nordvest, and FF Ernestine.

I joined the faculty of Yale School of Art in 2016, where I teach type design in the Graphic Design MFA program, alternating semesters with Tobias Frere-Jones. I have also taught classes and workshops in type sketching, Python scripting, and screen typography, and have served as a guest critic at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union. I have spoken at numerous international conferences and events including ATypI, Typecon, Adobe MAX, TYPO Berlin and TYPO Labs, Typographics, Ampersand, and Kerning Conference. I serve on the board of directors of the Type Directors Club and am the chairperson of the 22nd TDC Typeface Design Competition. My own work has been awarded the Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the Type Directors Club, the Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographic Designers, the iF communication design award, the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, and more; and exhibited in various locations across three continents.

* The preferred form of my last name is Stössinger. Stoessinger is the correct form to use in environments where the umlaut won’t survive.