Type. Design. Research.

Shani Avni holds a BA in Design from Shenkar College Tel Aviv 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 David Hebrew typeface family and,
since receiving her degree, continues to do so.

In 2017, Shani was chosen for The Cary Graphic Arts Collection Research Fellowship at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), USA, where David’s work is archived. In 2020, Shani returned to RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, this time as the Ismar David Visiting Assistant Curator. 
She perseveres in her efforts to make historical information available as both an academic and a practical reference.


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 Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester NY

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


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


Lost and found (and lost again)


The important job of the left thumb


Greetings from Ismar David

Alefalefalef (Hebrew)

The disappearance of the David Hebrew
typeface family

Alefalefalef (Hebrew)


Thank you for your email

Photos of work processes in the header:

_ Ismar David papers, RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

_ 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. 

Ismar David Online Archive