Meet the Summit Speakers
How to find and align your artistic voice as a lettering artist
Alanna Flowers is a freelance lettering artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY where she runs AGF Design Studio. She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a BFA in Graphic Design, and prior to working for herself, worked as an in-house graphic designer and manager for over four years.
Aside from working with clients, Alanna is also passionate about teaching and sharing her experiences with other creatives. She shares weekly videos on lettering, digital art, and freelance on her YouTube channel, and across her various social media platforms.
Throughout her career, she hopes to become a prominent voice in the spaces that she occupies so that other creatives that look like her, can feel uplifted and learn from her experiences.
The roadmap to an easy and successful creative biz
Anna Dower is a graphic designer, entrepreneur and in-demand creative mentor that harnesses her 20 years of industry experience to enlighten, empower and elevate the businesses of graphic designers on a mission to make their mark (and have a sh*t load of fun doing it).
Anna hustles hard but she’s also about balance. She believes in profit AND pleasure and is proud to work just four days a week (on Fridays she wears pink and does whatever the flip she wants).
Choosing the right digital product for your lettering business
Aurelie is a multi-passionate lettering artist from the Gold Coast, in Australia. Born in New Caledonia, she started drawing letters and designing logos before even knowing what they were called. She decided to study Graphic Design at Griffith University when moving to Australia and it was back in 2010 that she was properly introduced to the art of typography and it was love at first sight!
Aurelie began posting her chalk typography online and built her following from there. Over the past few years, she has spoken at the Typism conference, started teaching typography at Griffith University and built her own creative design business from her beautiful home studio!
Aurelie's mission is pretty simple: produce the highest quality work for every client, on every creative project.
Build a $200k Network
In 2021, Austin Saylor created Project200K to see if he could make $200K. He shared his progress as well as everything he learned along the way. On Dec 14, Project200K became a success!
Austin has been a professional designer/creator for 15 years, a freelance motion designer for the last six years, and run numerous online courses teaching animation including his most popular course, The Lettering Animation Course.
Lettering sketchbook: turn your lettering sketchbook into a source of inspiration and joy
Chris Campe is a designer and writer, she runs her studio »All Things Letters« in Hamburg, Germany.
Chris specializes in lettering because she couldn’t make up her mind between writing and designing. In her work, she combines letterforms and language to create experimental lettering that is both expressive and thoughtful.
Chris studied Illustration in Hamburg and Paris and Visual Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She wrote several books on lettering and co-founded »Berlin Letters« festival. She also shares her knowledge in workshops, on Instagram and at conferences.
Tips and tricks for starting an online shop while working full time
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Connor Graf graduated college with a BFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in advertising. While working a full-time job, his lettering hobby soon developed into a passion, and he launched his Etsy shop Grafics Design Co in 2019, which has gone on to be a star seller.
Connor is well-known in the lettering community for his colourful and dynamic pieces that often originate from a Sharpie or pencil sketch. He leans heavily on his illustration background to develop unique letterforms complimented by various iconography related to the design subject. He has had work included in Typism books 5, 6, 7 and 8 and he enjoys watching movies for inspiration, drinking tea, and drawing new ideas in his sketchbook.
Delphie Joy Dib-Milston
Why creative play is the essential step in creating unique lettering designs
Delphie has been a graphic and branding designer for 20 years having run her own commercial studio, See Creative, since 2009. Whilst raising four young boys and moving across Australia twice, the last decade has seen Delphie uncover a unique passion for creative play and expression. She believes freedom to play is essential for creating unique and distinctive lettering, type, art and design.Utilising found objects, psychology and a mental wellness focus, Delphie has taught workshops, designed commercial fonts and created countless brand identities. Delphie has released her pilot creative play program ‘Play Your Way’ this year.
From initial contact to signed contract
Dirty Bandits is a get-it-done design studio founded by Annica Lydenberg delivering visual identity design for clients with a focus on typography. In 2011, after completing the Type @ Cooper typeface design program at Cooper Union, Annica took a breather from the digital domain, honing analog skills like hand lettering, sign painting and illustration.
Her work includes branding, packaging, book covers, and murals with nearly twenty years of client experience. She's built a reputation for delivering high-quality work on time—every time.
Use your Creative Superpower to build a purpose-led business
Dominique Falla is the founder of Typism and your host for the summit. She is a certified funnel pro, author, podcast host, creator of the funnelancing movement and a coach redefining the way creative freelancers value their work.
Dominique founded Typism in 2013 as a way to show her design students that it was possible to make a sustainable living by focusing on their passion for lettering. Nine years later, the Typism mission is still going strong.
She created this online summit, to bring these superstars together and share with the Typism audience what it takes to turn pro.
7 game-changing features your website needs (but is probably missing 😅)
Emma is a graphic designer turned web designer who’s now a go-to WordPress educator and geeky girl next door for designers keen to master the wonderful world of the web.
Through her game-changing eCourses, Emma helps designers unwrap the mysteries, methods and magic of web design so they can build beautiful (and truly brilliant) WordPress websites ... for their own design business and for their clients too!
Emma saves designers from the stress and melodrama of figuring out web development by themselves, so they can confidently build beautifully-designed WordPress websites.
The Zero-Revision Method: get clients to instantly approve logos
Jamie is the founder + creative director at Spruce Rd. where she and her team create type-driven brand identities for digital brands.
Jamie is pulling back the curtain on running a friction-free design studio, revealing what it takes to create a time-efficient design process + red-carpet client experience.
Jasmine, your Pricing Queen
10 things type taught me about pricing
Jaz is your Pricing Queen and Design Superwoman. Teal-clad, total foodie, and super passionate about pricing for creatives.
Her love of teaching pricing was born out of necessity, often having confused creatives slide into her DMS wanting to know how to price with confidence, clarity, and condiments. This past year she launched her online signature coaching course, Easy as Pie Pricing, as well as her online community, email list, multiple podcast guest appearances, and the resources she shares on her website.
Almost every creative she has ever met is discounting their worth before they even serve their genius, and Jaz is passionate about changing that recipe for success.
Kick imposter syndrome to the curb: 4 steps to building your creative confidence
Jessica Molina is an award-winning lettering artist, illustrator, and designer based in Dallas, Texas. She began working as a graphic designer in 2010 and later picked up hand lettering as a hobby, which she has since turned into her career. Her biggest passion is using her art to empower people to be themselves, and she does this best through creating work with bold messages, bright colour palettes, and beautiful letterforms.
Jessica earned her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design at Texas A&M University. She was a finalist in Typism Book 4 and the winner of six GDUSA In-House Design Awards. Since 2019, she has run her own business creating professional work for international brands, such as Harper Collins Publishing, Cosmopolitan Magazine, GoFundMe, Inkbox, and more.
Lettering products that sell
Jimbo Bernaus is an accomplished hand lettering artist and graphic designer and is best known for the powerful colour palettes and clever design techniques he uses to demonstrate mastery of the form. Many of his pieces are accented with floral embellishments, a design motif that has captured the attention of thousands across social media.
Today, the Croatia-based designer is the co-founder of BAM! Creative Studio (also known as ShoutBam on Instagram), which specialises in letter crafting, illustration and digital and educational products to help amateur letterers enhance their skills.
Katie and Ilana from Goodtype
Supercharge your creative business with double-dipping
Katie and Ilana are the tag team behind Goodtype. They want to help artists pursue their passions and take the fear out of business because everyone deserves to love their job. They're all about monetizing your art and creating a sustainable business that you love. They put together tons of helpful tools like e-courses, detailed articles on biz-related topics, and a giant, free resource library to get your wheels turning.
We’re here, and we’re rooting for you. We know you can do this, and we’ll be here for you every step of the way!
How to practice modern calligraphy in 15 minutes a day, so you can create beautiful, personalized gift cards
Kim Tran-Flores, founder of Kimlligraphy is a tea-drinking, Modern Calligraphy artist and 'me-time' advocating ambivert.
She is renowned for her in-person Mindful Modern Calligraphy workshops and Kimmunity, a one-stop online program that helps aspiring calligraphers take their skills further than they ever imagined.
Kim’s mission is to help busy women achieve more mindfulness in their busy life and start a creative outlet they enjoy.
Sketchnotes that unpack and express
Libbi Reed is a lover of calligraphy, hand lettering and drawing, and if you put all these together, it describes her favourite passion of all—sketchnotes.
Libbi says there's something magical about shifting what's inside our heads into visual communication. Our thoughts become tangible. We can mould our ideas to find meaningful insights while our creative self-expression becomes abundant. Her sketchnotes are focused on unpacking and capturing experiences and then creatively expressing what's important and this creates an enriching creative practice. She uses sketchnotes to capture and remember, make sense of, and visually tell stories.
Why diversifying your income is essential for artists!
Natalie Brown is the hand-lettering artist behind Threeologie; a hand-lettering studio and resource for creatives trying to turn their passion into a full-time gig. Natalie teaches you how to leverage lettering as a business and how to reach your full potential as an artist.
Natalie has had a ton of experience in the business side of lettering with her fair share of creative marketing, design for collections, brand partnerships and so much more. Some brands she has worked with include: The Coffee Bean, The Infatuation, Disney and Rihanna … just to name a few!
How to start your mural career with public art
Olga is a Ukrainian-born, New York & New Jersey-based letterer and designer who specializes in colourful digital lettering, murals, food and chalk lettering, and editorial design.
She started her own full-time lettering and design business under the name Olga Muzician Studio after leaving her job of eight years working as an Art Director in an international department of a large publishing house in New York City.
Since shifting focus to working on more murals, she has worked with several local townships in producing murals to beautify communities around New Jersey. These public art projects helped lead to more opportunities with client work painting murals and designing digital hand-lettering pieces. Her specialties include lettering and illustration using bold colours and natural elements, as she loves being out in nature and hiking.
Learn the rules to break the rules: Infusing your own unique style
Peggy Dean is a nationally recognized freelance artist, a best-selling author and an award-winning educator. She is the founder of The Pigeon Letters—a platform to inspire and provide resources to anyone with a passion to create.
As a self-taught artist born into creativity through mental health, she promotes embracing imperfections and living out loud. In addition, she’s made it a mission to incorporate her deeply-rooted love of animals into her bottom line by continuing to support the rescue, rehabilitation and preservation of wildlife into her business through her professional artist-grade paintbrushes and drawing pens, donating a portion to nonprofits all over the world. She lives and works in Portland, OR and travels the world for speaking engagements and hands-on workshops.
Phoebe Cornog and Roxy Prima
Cold emailing crash course
Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog are the co-founders of Pandr Design Co. which is a boutique design agency that specializes in murals. Working in a wide variety of mediums and methods, they tailor their work to any brand strategy and tell their client's company’s story through large-scale artwork. They are known for their bold, unapologetic statement pieces and have worked with companies such as Visa, Target, the Minnesota Vikings, Shake Shack, Lululemon, and Hello Sunshine to name a few.
They are also passionate about teaching other creatives to run a successful business. Through their online resources, classes, webinars, and talks, they help give creatives the tools they need to run a six-figure business.
Blagging It: A Dose of Confidence to Try Something New
Sam Roberts is obsessed with hand-painted signs and lettering. His work explores historical and contemporary aspects of the sign painter’s craft through his parallel initiatives, Ghostsigns and Better Letters.
BLAG (Better Letters Magazine) is Sam Roberts' latest initiative, taking his adventures in sign painting in yet another new direction.
The experience of launching the magazine, and producing Issue 01, has been a steep learning curve which Sam reflects on in this talk. These reflections will give you a dose of confidence to try something new yourself.
8 steps for starting and scaling your creative side hustle
Scotty Russell is a coach, artist, designer, podcaster, and speaker, (+ husband and rad dad to two kids and three cats) making moves out of Cedar Falls, Iowa. After 5.5 years of side hustling outside his Corporate Cubicle, he made the full-time leap to Side Hustle Coach in January 2020.
He's since scaled this into a 6-figure creative business coaching thousands of students worldwide. His mission is to help you master your mind, time, and grind to put you on the path to profitability creating what you love.
When he's not coaching, he's pursuing his own side hustle building as a creator, collector, coach, and investor in the Web 3/NFT/crypto space.
Building an audience through teaching and sharing
Tamer Ghoneim is a professional calligraphy artist and instructor, based in Houston, Texas. He specialises in blackletter and gothic calligraphy styles, including modern interpretations and abstract designs, and his goal is to encourage people of all ages and skill levels to learn the rewarding art of blackletter calligraphy. He believes in using a positive, fun, and supportive teaching style that encourages and motivates students while learning, and inspires them to find joy and pride in their creative abilities.
Tamer has been featured on television, by online calligraphy and design organizations, and his work has been internationally published and shown at art exhibitions.
Typeface design—how to structure your workflow and avoid being all-typed-out!
Troy Leinster is an Independent Typeface Designer originally from Brisbane, Australia. He holds a Masters's Degree in Typeface Design from the Type & Media program at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague, The Netherlands—and a Postgraduate Certificate in Typeface Design from the [email protected] Program at Cooper Union in New York. From 2014–2021, Troy was a full-time typeface designer at the Hoefler&Co Type Foundry.
Troy has accumulated over ten years of typeface design experience and has been teaching Principles of Typeface Design course at Cooper Union in NYC since 2016. In 2020, Troy founded Typemasters, an online one-on-one coaching service to support designers through the process of making a typeface.
Free fonts and why they are bad for you
Wayne's company Australian Type Foundry began in 2001. Wayne has produced custom typefaces for Lego, Officeworks, V Energy, Breville and the NRL, and he developed ABCSans which is currently in widespread use across the national broadcaster’s digital and broadcast networks. He also enjoys working for smaller clients such as a micro-brewery that paid him in beer.
Wayne has a Masters's degree in Typeface Design (MResTD) from the University of Reading, UK, the world’s most highly regarded type design program. Wayne’s aim is to always learn more about typography, and hopefully contribute an Aussie flavour to the world of type design.
Wayne has never won any awards.
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