Legacy of Letters 2023: Letterpress Extravaganza—Meet the Participants

The Participants of Legacy of Letters 2023

This year’s group of Legacy of Letters participants was the most diverse ever in terms of nationality with seven different countries represented. It was also the youngest group overall since six of the ten were sponsored as scholarship students by an array of digital typefoundries and crowdfunding backers.


Stefano Baldassari

Stefano Baldassari. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Stefano has studied and worked in the field of graphic and type design in Italy, Poland, Germany and England. In October 2022 he completed the MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. His participation in Legacy of Letters 2023 was made possible by a joint sponsorship funded by Typotheque, Type Together, Oh No Type, and an anonymous donor.


Eran Ben Barak

Eran Ben Barak. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Eran is from Israel. He attended the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design as an undergraduate and is now enrolled in a master’s program for typeface design at ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Switzerland. He was sponsored by Mark Simonson Studio.


Kelci Baughman McDowell

Kelci Baughman McDowell. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Kelci was the Undergraduate Learning Librarian at Santa Clara University at the time Legacy of letters 2023 took place. Since then she has joined the San Francisco Public Library.


Hofi Benediktsdóttir

Hofi Benediktsdóttir. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Hofi is from Reykjavik, Iceland. She is currently studying type design at ECAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Switzerland. Her scholarship was funded by Monotype.


Chiara Bergese

Chiara Bergese. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Chiara is a recent graduate of the communication design program at the Politecnico di Milano. She will embark soon on an exciting journey at ISIA Urbino for a master in editorial design. Her participation in the letterpress workshop at the Tipoteca was crowdfunded.


Shaqa Bovand

Shaqa Bovand. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Shaqa is an Iranian type designer specialising in Arabic with a deep interest in calligraphy and lettering. She has an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. Currently Shaqa is affiliated with the F37 typefoundry. Her participation in Legacy of Letters 203 was made possible by a crowdfunding campaign.


Susan Fitzgerald

Susan Fitzgerald. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Susan is a graphic designer and illustrator in Melbourne, Australia. She has a background in screenprinting (initially on textiles and, more recently, on paper).


Jacob Ford

Jacob Ford. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Jacob graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School with a self-titled degree in Ethics of Design. He is involved in operating two small museums in strange locations: Mmuseumm in a former freight elevator shaft, and The City Reliquary in Williamsburg.


Jen Thomas

Jen Thomas. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Jen is currently the Book Arts Program Director within the Book Arts, Archives, and Rare Books Department at the University of Richmond. She teaches the history of the book, hand bookbinding, artists’ books, letterpress printing, papermaking, and anything else tangentially related to book, paper, or print.


Fred Wiltshire

Fred Wiltshire. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Fred is a French/English type-designer based in London. He is a graduate of the University of Reading MA in Typeface Design program. His participation in Legacy of Letters 2023 was made possible by joint funding from Occupant Fonts, Jeremy Tankard, and an anonymous donor.