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ATypI Montréal Team

Starting in 1957, every year ATypI has hosted the most important and only truly global event on type and typography. This, of course, requires a significant amount of experience and manpower. We are happy to present the team behind our 2017 conference.



Alessandro Colizzi

Alessandro Colizzi is professor at UQAM's École de design in Montreal, where he teaches graphic design history, typography, and type design. He holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, an MA in Type Design from The Hague’s Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, a postgraduate diploma from the Atelier National de Recherche Typographique, and an MLitt in English Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research interests are focused on graphic design history, information design, and typography. He has published regularly in design periodicals and academic journals, and occasionally translated design-related works from English, Dutch, and French, thus bringing full circle his two-sided education. He has a solid work experience as a designer with a specialization in typography. He is member of the Association Typographique Internationale, Société des designeurs graphiques du Québec, AIS Design, and AIAP (Italian graphic designers’ association).


Alexandre Saumier Demers

In 2010, Alexandre Saumier Demers won a one-year residency at Fabrica, Benetton's Communication Research Center in Treviso, Italy, where he worked on visual communication and interactive design projects with young creatives from all over the world. Returning to Canada, he completed his BA in Graphic design at Montreal's UQAM in 2013, then moved to the Netherlands to study for an MA in Type and Media at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Alexandre co-founded Coppers and Brasses with Etienne Aubert Bonn, before working as a type designer and tool developer at Type Network.


Étienne Aubert Bonn

Étienne Aubert Bonn is a type designer at Coppers and Brasses in Montreal. He studied graphic design at UQAM where he got his first taste of type design. He then continued to study in that field first at Type@Cooper in New York, then completing the Type and Media MA in The Hague. Since then, he has been creating typefaces both for retail and custom projects as well as lettering pieces for multiple clients. Étienne now teaches typography at UQAM.


Judith Poirier

Judith Poirier (MA, Royal College of Art) is a professor at l’École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her work focuses on experimental typography, through animation and book design. Her films, made by printing directly onto 35 mm film stock using letterpress, led her to print in several renowned print studios and have been screened at numerous international festivals. She recently directed La chose imprimée, a four-year research and creation project investigating the book as a space for design experimentation. In this collaborative contexte, she produced Latitude, a modular wood type system bringing together the Roman alphabet and the Inuktitut syllabic, the North and the South of Québec. 


Julien Hébert

Julien Hébert is a graphic designer graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). During his studies at UQAM, he assisted Professor Judith Poirier at La chose imprimée, a project of research and creation interested in the book as a space of experimentation.
He is currently working at Paprika, a graphic design studio located in Montréal, where he won multiple national and international awards for design excellence from competitions such as Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Grafika and The Alcuin Society.


Luc Devroye

Luc Devroye is Professor at McGill University's School of Computer Science in Montreal, where he  teaches probabilistic analysis of algorithms. He has written several books on mathematical topics such as probabilistic combinatorics, random number generation and  pattern recognition. Since 1993, he maintains a web site on type design. He was drawn into that topic by Knuth's Metafont and other parametric methods for describing glyphs.


Lucie Lacava

Lucie Lacava is a design consultant for Lacava Design Inc., a firm offering visual strategies for print and digital media. Previously, she held the position of Design Editor at the The Montreal Gazette, and AME at Le Devoir before founding her company in 1993. Since then, she has given visual personality to more than 100 publications across eight countries including the UAE and Singapore. Her professional contributions include past presidency of the Society for News Design (2001), and as founding member of the francophone chapter of SND. She has served as a judge for the CNNA, SND, SPD, ATypI, IFRA, the Malofiej, and the Asia Media Awards. She has received more than 100 national and international awards in her career. In 2010 the Society for News Design honoured Lacava with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lacava has given editorial design workshops in India, Malaysia, and Latin America, and has taught typography usage in the media at l'Université du Québec à Montreal.
Lucie has been published in several critical books, the most recent being Digital Fonts and Reading, published by World Scientific. During her spare time she takes architectural photos for her Instagram account @lulucrezia.


Michel Sabbagh

Michel Sabbagh is a graphic and type designer from Montreal. He holds a BA in Graphic Design from Laval University (Canada) and a postgraduate diploma in Type Design from Ésad Amiens (France). Last summer, he went to study in Beirut as part of Arabic Type Design 2016 (intensive program). He is currently working on a multi-script Latin-Arabic typeface project.


Nathalie Dumont

French Canadian type designer, typographer, and book designer, Nathalie Dumont is Assistant Professor in Design at Concordia University.
She currently investigates the contribution of iterations in the type design process, and consults for various aspects of typography research in relation to human and computer recognition. She has presented at ATypI, TypeCon, ICDAR, and SEGD.
Nathalie holds a BFA in Graphic Communication, Université Laval, Québec, an MA in Typeface Design, the University of Reading (2002), and is pursuing a PhD at UQAM, Montréal.


Rod McDonald

Rod McDonald began his career as a lettering artist working for Toronto advertising agencies. He has created alphabets and photo fonts for headline setting and phototypesetters. In the mid ’80s he was one of the first lettering artists to switch to the Mac. He has produced typefaces for many of Canada’s leading magazines, including Applied Arts, Maclean’s and Toronto Life. He has also developed many corporate typefaces for advertising agencies and design studios. Rod is a member of the TDC, ATypI and SoTA. He is also a member of RGD (The Registered Graphic Designers of Canada) and a Fellow in the GDC (The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada). Rod also holds the Monotype Type Design Fellowship and in 2016 he received the Robert R. Reid lifetime achievement medal from the Alcuin Society in Vancouver.


Raymond Lanctot

Raymond Lanctot is a Montreal based designer. He completed a bachelor’s degree in graphic design at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2015. For his end of studies project, he drew a four weight typeface family called Aubépine. He currently works as a graphic designer at Paprika.


Tamye Riggs

Tamye Riggs, Executive Director of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), is a writer, editor, and designer specializing in typography and the related arts.

As former Executive Director of the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), she helmed the production of TypeCon and co-edited the organization’s Interrobang magazine. The author of eight books on type and design, Riggs has contributed to publications such as HOW, Print, STEP, Adobe Create, and, and develops content for select type foundries and distributors.


Liron Lavi Turkenich

Liron Lavi Turkenich, Senior Events Coordinator of the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI), is an independent typeface designer and researcher, based in Israel. She holds a B.Des in Visual Communications from Shenkar college in Tel Aviv and an MA in Typeface design from the University of Reading.
Liron designs multilingual typefaces for international companies, and specialises in Hebrew and Amharic. In addition to design, she writes about letterforms, interviews designers, teach and research Hebrew type design. She also shares her knowledge and experiences in lectures and workshops around the world. Liron loves travelling, talking with people and searching for typographic treasures in dusty archives.


Borys Kosmynka

Borys Kosmynka is a graphic designer/typographer collaborating with the Book Art Museum in Lodz Poland. He forms the Distort Visual collective, together with Aleksandra Ilkiewicz and Przemyslaw Hoffer. DV group focuses on typography and connecting the art of design with the craft of metal font printing, printmaking and bookbinding. Kosmynka completed his BA at the University of Montana Western (Dillon, MT) and MA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland, where he is currently a doctorate student. He is involved in old Polish type revival projects together with the Book Art Museum. In previous years Borys was involved in multiple design initiatives as a volunteer (Design Debate Warsaw, Graphic Design Festival Breda, ATypI Warsaw 2016 to name a few). Although mainly working as a graphic designer, his passion is typography.


Carima El-Behairy

Carima El-Behairy, co-founder of P22 type foundry, has been involved with the day-to-day operations of P22 since its beginnings in her living room in 1994. She was P22’s Chief Financial Officer and has helped guide the company through the perilous waters of licensing, working with foundations, and negotiating contracts and other legal obstacles. In addition to P22, Ms. El-Behairy is currently the Atypi Treasurer as well as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. She has also found time to raise 2 boys, pamper numerous basenjis, and serve as a founding trustee for Oracle Charter School, Western New York Book Arts Collaborative and Western New York Charter School Coalition. Her additional board service includes the Development Chair for Irish Classical Theatre Company, Fair Chair for Westminster Early Childhood Program and Merger Committee for Art Directors of Buffalo.


Carolina Laudon

Carolina Laudon runs her own type studio, Laudon Design AB, and has been an ATypI Country Delegate for Sweden since 2000. Her work includes some of Swedens most used corporate fonts.
She has been awarded the Berling Prize, Swedens most prestigious typographic design award, and in 2014 she was presented with Stena A Olsson’s Cultural Prize including a major retrospective exhibition of her work at the Gothenburg Art Museum, the first exhibition of its kind in Sweden.
Carolina is also one of Swedens most respected university teachers, guest critics, lecturers and supervisor on typography, type history and typeface design.