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Petra Černe Oven

Petra Cerne Oven is designer and writer with special interest in typography. Because she believes in integrated approach to design, she is not only involved with praxis, but also theory, writing and education. Petra has worked as a consultant for a diverse range of clients. For her work she received a Typographic Excellence Award from the Type Directors Club of New York. In 2008 she won an invited tender for visual identity of “Ljubljana – World Book Capital 2010”. She was awarded "The most beautiful Slovenian book 2011" award for a book she designed for Slovenian poet Saša Pavček. In 2004, Petra was awarded PhD at the renowned Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading (UK), for her thesis ‘The development of special characters in Slavonic languages: with emphasis on the orthographic reforms in Slovenian and Croatian language’. After that she was working on a research project ‘The optimism of modernity’ with Paul Stiff. As a part of the project she curated an exhibition and edited a book Edward Wright: readings, writings (2007). Petra has published in Eye, Typography Papers, baseline, 2+3D, emzin, Typomag, Hyphen, Delo, Oris, Ampak, and contributed articles to many other publications. She is the AtypI’s country delegate for Slovenia and the founding member of the Brumen Foundation (Ljubljana), a Slovene association aimed to promote visual communications. She speaks regularly at international conferences. In 2009 she prepared the concept for a series of lectures “Information Design 2009/2010” which were organised in collaboration with Museum of Architecture and Design and Pekinpah Association and in 2010 co-authored (with Barbara Predan) an exhibition titled Service and Information Design. She is a member of Scientific Committee of Festival of Letters / Festival črk, which is organised in Ljubljana. In 2008 she started to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts & Design in Ljubljana.

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