Type. Design. Research.

Shani Avni is an independent designer and researcher. She holds a BA from Shenkar College of Design, TLV and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading, UK.

Fascinated with letters and the stories they tell, she collaborates with designers and educators in order to expose more practitioners to this subject through workshops and lectures.

For her Typeface Design MA thesis for the University of Reading, she researched The David Hebrew typeface family and, since receiving her degree, continues to do so.

 

In 2017, Shani has been chosen for The Cary Collection Research Fellowship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA, where David’s work is archived. She perseveres in her efforts to make historical information available as both an academic and a practical reference.

Talks

Type Design Research 

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, 2019

Unfolding the first Hebrew typeface family

St Bride Foundation, London, 2019

Practice Led Research

Alfred Cooperative Institute for Art & Culture

Tel Aviv, 2019

Sheqel for your thoughts

ATypI 2018, Antwerp

Innovation meets tradition

ATypI 2017, Montreal

JCC Rochester, US

Monotype Imaging Inc., NYC

Unfolding the first Hebrew typeface family

Type talks, Birmingham City University

Ismar David & the first Hebrew typeface family

The Type Directors Club, NYC

Kvutsa Ivrit, Hebrew Group, North London

Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem

Shenkar College of Engineering & Design, Ramat Gan

Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Design, Holon

Discoveries from Ismar David's archive

Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Design, Holon

Greetings from Ismar David

The Typophiles Inc., NYC

Tel Aviv > Reading > Tel Aviv

University of Reading MATD & MResTD, 2018 

Latin & Hebrew typography

Goren School of Graphic Design & Visual
Communications, Yezreel Valley, 2016

What is Hebrew typography?

Environmental Leadership High-School, Tel Aviv, 2009

An overview of Hebrew type

Ben Gurion University, Computing & Information Systems MA course, Beer-Sheba, 2008

Articles

Yosef Haim Brenner's "Hameorer"

Hameorer project (Hebrew)

Ismar David’s quest for original Hebrew typographic signs

Visible Language, Special Issue. Winner of
The 2019 Design Incubation Communication Design Educators Awards

David Hebrew: the first multi-style Hebrew typeface family, academic dissertation

TypeCulture

Lost and found (and lost again)

Alphabettes

The important job of the left thumb

Alphabettes

Greetings from Ismar David

Alefalefalef (Hebrew)

The disappearance of the David Hebrew typeface family

Alefalefalef (Hebrew)

Contact

Credits

Typeface used in the website: 

Averta by Kostas Bartsokas.

Photos of work processes:

_ Ismar David's Archive, The Cary Collection RIT.

_ Ambersonius typeface by: Jawaher Alali, Shani Avni,

Zenab Bastawala, Lisa Dröes, Manuel von Gebhardi,

Calvin Kwok, Rob Pratley.

_ Hebrew & Latin Gozalle typeface by Shani Avni. 

More work by Ismar David:

IDEA The Ismar David Electronic Archive