Alice Savoie will present 'Women in Type', a research project undertaken at the University of Reading that investigates the contribution of women to twentieth century type-making. Alice will discuss the team's findings, with a particular focus on the work of women at the British Monotype and Linotype companies.
Based on archival material and interviews, Alice will illustrate how the team has drawn from its experiences as type-designers and historians to identify agencies of change for women in type-drawing offices, and assess their contribution. She will introduce a new website aimed at sharing this crucial, yet overlooked, part of typographic history.
Alice Savoie is an independent type designer and researcher based in France. She holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Reading (UK).
As a practising type designer she has collaborated with international foundries and design studios. Her recent type design work includes Faune, an award-winning typeface commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, Romain 20 (205.tf) and Lucette (Future Fonts).
She is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the Leverhulme-funded ‘Women in Type’ research project at the University of Reading, led by Prof. Fiona Ross. She teaches typeface design at ANRT Nancy (France) and Ecal Lausanne (Switzerland).